Case Western Reserve University's Kelvin Smith Library

The Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University constantly strives to create warm, inviting, and effective spaces where students and faculty can explore rich content and receive an abundance of services that are easy to obtain and use. Behind their facilities and resources is a strong team of talented and knowledgeable people ready to assist and inspire. The University Archives, Kulas Music Library and the Astronomy Library are all fantastic resources that are also part of the Kelvin Smith Library.

OhioLINK recently spoke with Arnold Hirshon, the library’s director, to get a better glimpse of what it is like at the library.

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

  1. Our first point of pride is that we were the 2019 University recipient of the ACRL “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award” Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Active and welcoming environment. We were beyond delighted to receive this award and we would not have done so without our second point of pride: our staff.
  2. Our staff here at the Kelvin Smith Library work tirelessly to ensure student success, advance research, and provide a conductive environment to stimulate a love of learning. They are the heart and soul of this library, and with their help we can create the warm and effective environment every student deserves.
  3. Our third point of pride would be our satellite libraries that add research materials and collections that are able to cater to those who are looking for a more specific and specialized assortment of information. Our Astronomy and Kulas Music Libraries serve this purpose wonderfully, and we are happy to be able to serve our students and staff in as many different ways as possible so that we can fit the needs of our diverse community.

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

Everywhere! It is so hard to pick just one location because the building is constantly filled to capacity.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We have been a charter member since 1990.

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