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Special Collections Space

Students and Staff Looking at Documents in the Special Collections Hatch Reading Room.

Special Collections is open to any interested researcher upon presentation of a valid CWRU ID or other valid official identification card.

Service Hours and Location

  • Visitors to Special Collections should come to the Henry R. Hatch Reading Room on the second floor of the Kelvin Smith Library.
  • Reading room hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, Monday - Friday.
  • Reference service is available between 1 - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday and by appointment during reading room hours.

Research Services

Professional staff provide reference services to patrons during posted service hours and by appointment. We work one-on-one with patrons to identify and provide Special Collections material for use in their research.


Exhibits in Hatch Reading Room change regularly. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to view exhibits during open hours.

Quiet Study

Hatch Reading Room is a designated quiet study room. Library patrons may make use of the room for this purpose, but visitors who are using special collections materials will be given preference if seating becomes limited.

Special Collections Contact Information


Phone: (216) 368-0189

Mailing Address: Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections, 11055 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland Ohio 44106-7151