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Library hours for finals and Memorial Day

SFL will be open 24/7 until commencement on June 10th for the study period and finals. As usual, after midnight a current Caltech ID is required for access.

Students are encouraged to visit SFL room 328 between midnight and 7am through the finals period to take a study break and de-stress. Refreshments, board games, Legos, Mandalas, etc will be available for students.

On Monday, May 30th, the Sherman Fairchild Library and Millikan Library will be open their normal hours, but a Caltech ID, JPL badge or Guest Reader card will be required all day.

SFL Basement Collection Move and Shelving Conversion

Library staff have started work in the Sherman Fairchild Library basement that involves consolidating all math and physics books on open, fixed shelving. The physics books currently on compact, moveable, shelving are being moved onto fixed shelves. We expect all of the physics books to be moved by 5/27/16.

As well, beginning 6/1, the compact shelves in the south corner of the basement will undergo a conversion to manual controls. Work will begin at 5am during the week and may be noisy. We apologize in advance for this and encourage users impacted by this work to study in alternate library locations. While the shelves are being converted, math periodicals will be stored on large trucks.

If you have questions about this work or move, or have difficulty finding something in the basement, please email


Library Workshop: ‘You and Your Thesis’ – Wednesday, May 25 – 2:00pm

You and Your Thesis

Are you working on your thesis?
Did you know that electronic copies of theses must be submitted?
Are you aware of the formatting requirements for theses?
This class will give a brief overview of techniques useful in the production and publication of Caltech electronic theses, including tips on formatting and submitting, and will touch on intellectual property considerations and access.

Wednesday, May 25


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328





Library Workshop: ‘Introduction to 3D Printing at the Caltech Library’ – Thursday, May 19 – 1:00pm

Introduction to 3D Printing at the Caltech Library

Join us for an overview of 3D printing in the Caltech Library! Opened last fall, the Caltech Library TechLab has eight 3D printers and more technology to be added in the coming terms. This session will cover the basics of 3D printing, what machines the TechLab has available, an overview of the TechLab usage policies, and recommendations for printing software and other resources. If time and class size allows, a brief tour of the lab will be conducted at the end of the session. You are encouraged to bring your laptop as we will be covering software and settings that will help you get started in using the TechLab!

Thursday, May 19


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328




Library Space and Services Survey

The Caltech Library is interested in how you use and how you would like to use the Sherman Fairchild Library. Please take our brief survey to help us understand how to best meet your needs.

Library Workshop: ‘Who Wants to Know – Deciphering Online Privacy’ – Wednesday, May 4 – 2:00pm

Who Wants to Know? Deciphering Online Privacy

Although we are often very aware that our habits and histories are being tracked online, knowing how and why this information is being collected is less clear. This workshop looks into some data collection motives, particularly on campus. As a participant in this program, you will learn how to:

  • Identify who is collecting data about you and what their motivations are
  • Recognize when data is valuable and for what purpose, especially in your scholarly work
  • Protect your online data and identity more completely using free tools and tactics
  • Communicate your data privacy needs to business and academic partners

Links to get you started:

Library Freedom Project

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Wednesday, May 4


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: ‘EndNote For Beginners’ – Wednesday, April 27 – 2:00pm

EndNote For Beginners

Are you writing a research paper or ready to start your thesis? Want an easy way to store, manage and search for bibliographic references? EndNote for Beginners may be just the quick start session you need. Learn what EndNote is and the basics of how it can work for you to organize the articles you’re reading and create bibliographies within a word processing document.  We’ll cover how to get your references into EndNote and what to do with them once they’re there.

Wednesday, April 27


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Fred Anson Papers collection guide now online!

The papers of Professor Anson -the Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus- have been processed, and the searchable collection guide is now available online at the Online Archive of California (OAC).

For further biographical information, read his oral history in CODA, conducted by the Caltech Archives in 1997.


“Library Account” emails from the Library

It has been reported that some in the Caltech community have received an email from the Caltech Library with a subject line, “Library Account” notifying you that your library account has expired. The email may ask you to click on an URL and login.

This is not from the Caltech Library and should be a phishing email.   The Caltech Library would not ask any user to reactivate their library account in such a manner.

If you have any questions about your Library account or the Library in general, please contact us (626-395-3405 or email us at library AT

Sherman Fairchild Library Facilities Work

During the next few months work is taking place in the Sherman Fairchild Library that may impact our users. Tall shelving on the first and third floors has been removed. Additional shelving has been added in the basement.

This summer physics books that were on the moveable shelves in the basement will be moved onto these new, fixed shelves in the basement. As well, magazines and newspapers that were on the 3rd floor have been moved down to the 1st floor.

If you have any questions or feedback about these changes please email us at

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