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Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Friday 5/22: Registration services end at 2pm. All other services have normal Friday hours.
Saturday 5/23: All libraries have normal Saturday hours.
Sunday 5/24: All libraries have normal Sunday hours.
Monday 5/25: SFL open 24 hours, requires ID all hours. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill & Geology closed.

Please visit our Hours page for a full schedule.

Library Workshop: Overview of Library Resources: Tuesday, May 19, 2:00pm

Overview of Library Resources

This class will give a quick overview of Library services, collections, and databases. We’ll talk about Docuserve, CODA, finding print and ejournals, our locations and Open Access. Whether you’re new to campus or have been here for years this class will help you make use of all that the Library has to offer.

Tuesday, May 19


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize deadline, Tuesday 5/12

The deadline for this year’s Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize, with a $1200 honorarium, is tomorrow. All materials are due by midnight, Tuesday, May 12.

April new books and journals lists now available

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of April 2015 are now available. This month’s book list includes book cover images for many items, and links to Amazon to allow you to browse the books electronically. Please note that we provide no guarantee that Amazon has contracted with the publisher to allow viewers to browse specific books.

Library Workshop: Patents: Tuesday, May 12, 2:00pm


Hannah Dvorak-Carbone, from the Office of Technology Transfer and Corporate Partnerships, will present a review of the patenting process, including changes introduced by the America Invents Act of 2013. This will be followed by a Caltech Librarian presenting a brief overview of patent searching, locating English language patent equivalents, legal status issues, and current awareness techniques.

Tuesday, May 12


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: CODA: If You Publish, You Need CaltechAUTHORS : Wednesday, May 6, 2:00pm

Do you know what rights you retain to use and distribute your own publications?
Would you like to increase the visibility of your publications?
CaltechAUTHORS ( is part of CODA, Caltech’s Institutional Repository, and provides free access to articles written by, with, or in close association with Caltech professorial faculty. This class will cover how author postprints (author-formatted, post-peer reviewed and copy edited) can be quickly and easily uploaded and made available to a global audience.

Wednesday, May 6


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Beckman Museum will be open May 1, 1 to 4pm

The Beckman Room on the ground floor of the Beckman Institute (room 131) is a small museum devoted to the history of chemistry and to the scientific and philanthropic work of Arnold O. Beckman. On May 1, first Friday of the month, the museum will be open to walk-in visitors from 1 to 4 PM.

The museum is also open by appointment to individuals and groups. Please contact the Caltech Archives at archives AT for appointment information. More information about the Beckman Room and its displays may be found at

Library Workshop: EndNote For Beginners: Wednesday, April 29, 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 29


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Sustainable Collections Services Seminar – April 30, 2:00pm

“Rethinking Library Resources: Print Collections in a Digital Age”

The Caltech Library’s print collections have undergone significant realignment over the past decade as journals moved online and the library vacated floors 3-8 in Millikan. The library has engaged the consulting firm, Sustainable Collections Services (SCS), to support us in taking a data-driven and consultative approach to rationalizing both the scope and physical locations of the remaining print collections on campus – both books and journals.

On April 30, 2-3 pm in Lees Kubota auditorium, SCS will offer a seminar, “Rethinking Library Resources: Sustainable Print Collections in a Digital Age,” which will highlight trends in usage of print collections, lifecycle costs of managing print, and shared print initiatives underway across all research libraries. SCS will discuss their process and data analysis tools, as well as how they will work with library staff to customize their services to best meet Caltech’s needs and objectives around print collections.

About SCS: SCS founders Rick Lugg and Ruth Fischer have spent significant time researching all aspects of monographs deselection: circulation patterns, lifecycle management costs, extent of redundancy in print and digital form, archiving, and delivery. 

3D printing/TechLab Pre-Launch Party: Friday April 17, 12:00pm

There will be an open house with pizza event this Friday for the new 3D printing/“TechLab” space in the Sherman Fairchild Library. The library partnered with student leaders to submit a successful funding proposal to the Moore-Hufstedler Fund to support this initiative. The lab will be located on the first floor of SFL, in a room directly off the lobby.

If you have the opportunity, please drop by the SFL this Friday April 17 between 12-1 to see the space and learn more about the TechLab. The open house is for everybody so please spread the word. A consultant who has designed and run this type of space in a research library will be on site Friday and available to answer questions. The space is still in the design phase, but we will have a 3D printer and some of the other equipment planned for the space on hand, as well as examples of 3D printed objects. We do not yet have an official opening date, but are hopeful it will be able to open before the end of this academic year, at least in a “soft launch” phase.

This is an exciting initiative for the library and we think for the Caltech community as well.


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