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Thanksgiving weekend hours

Wednesday, 11/23
Registration and reference services will end at noon. All libraries will close to all users at 5pm.

Thursday, 11/24
All libraries will be closed to all users.

Friday, 11/25
SFL and Millikan will be open 9am – midnight with a Caltech or Reader’s ID required all day. Dabney, Cahill and Geology will be closed.

Saturday, 11/26
SFL and Millikan will be open 9am – midnight with a Caltech or Reader’s ID required all day. Dabney, Cahill and Geology will be closed.

Sunday, 11/27
All libraries will be open normal Sunday hours.

Please visit our Hours page for a full schedule.

DocuServe/ILL will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 23rd at 12pm and will re-open at 7am on Monday, November 28th. If you have any questions about this closure, please email

Pick up location for library holds is still only Sherman Fairchild Library

The Library’s email notification system is currently (and erroneously) sending notices which indicate a pick up location other than Sherman Fairchild Library.

Please ignore this other location. Unless you are registered for campus delivery, all holds or recalls can be picked up only at Sherman Fairchild Library.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at or x3405.

Sherman Fairchild Library open 24 hours this weekend

The Sherman Fairchild Library will be open 24 hours this weekend due to midterms.

Library Workshop: ‘Credit Where Due: Avoiding Publishing Disputes and Plagiarism’ – Wednesday, November 2, 2:00pm

Reputation and recognition are essential rewards in academic and scholarly publishing. Giving credit where due is a matter of academic integrity and responsible conduct of research. In this program participants will compare the three most common practices for giving credit:

  • Citation
  • Acknowledgement
  • Joint Authorship

Using a case study approach, participants you will distinguish when to apply which standard to recognize other people’s contributions to one’s own work.

Wednesday, November 2


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


CaltechAUTHORS hits 60K records

CaltechAUTHORS has continued to grow at an increasing rate.  We hit 50,000 records on August 5, 2015.  This morning we passed 60,000, adding 10,000 more records in just over 14 months.

Many thanks of course go to the many dedicated individuals who find, deposit, and review the material and those who keep the servers running and develop services which make CaltechAUTHORS a utility for finding and reading Caltech’s research outputs on  campus and around world.

As one can see by comparing these 2 snapshots, not only have we added 10,000 records, but the world has downloaded 2.3 million files over the last 14 months.  1.4 million of those new downloads have come since the end of January this year.








DocuServe web access down 6pm-10pm on Friday, Oct 7 for maintenance

Web access to DocuServe will be down for maintenance on Friday, October 7th from 6pm to 10pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or requests, please email directly to

Emails to are Bouncing

We apologize if you’ve tried to contact a librarian via the email address Until the issue has been resolved please use the alternate email address below if you have a question:

Alternately, you can fill out the form on the below site and we will get back to you:

Again, we apologize and hope this is resolved soon.


Photographic gallery -The making of Caltech’s first Nobel: Robert Millikan’s road to Stockholm


Throughout its history, Caltech has accumulated an exceptional record of prestigious awards, conferred to its outstanding scientists for their groundbreaking research and discoveries.

The Nobel Prize, awarded by the Swedish Academy of Science, holds a cherished place among international recognitions. Caltech is privileged to count 34 Nobelists (and 35 prizes) among its faculty and alumni.

Among them, physicist Robert A. Millikan is doubly special: as the first Caltech recipient, and as a founding father of the Institute. Millikan’s command of physics and extraordinary experimental skills were on par with his charisma and administrative acumen. He was a masterful teacher, and the author of countless textbooks; his research spanned fields as diverse as electromagnetism, optics, molecular physics, and cosmic rays.

For his intuition, dedication, creativity, and curiosity, Millikan is a paragon of 20th century physics, and an enduring inspiration for generations of Techers.

On the occasion of the 2016 Nobel Prize announcements, the Caltech Archives is pleased to present an illustrated account of Millikan’s road to Stockholm.

Visit the online collection here.


Your First Three RUSH Requests are Now Free

Need an article now? Library doesn’t have it? Try the RUSH service for instant article delivery! Almost all articles come within 15 minutes. Even better: your first three RUSH orders are now completely free! Find out more below:


What is RUSH Service? 

RUSH is Caltech Library’s rapid delivery service for articles that Caltech does not own electronically. Access to articles ordered via RUSH arrive through a link provided in an email.  Typically, access is available within 15 minutes. While DocuServe provides great access, the RUSH service can provide quicker access for evenings and weekends when DocuServe is not as rapidly available. The service is available to Caltech faculty, students, and staff at a cost of $15, with some exceptions:

  • First Three Free – The Library offers Caltech faculty, students, and staff 3 free RUSH-delivered articles each academic year.
  • Subsidized – The Library fully subsidizes the RUSH delivery cost of certain vital journals to which the library is unable to subscribe. For information about including a title in this subsidized collection, please contact us.


How do I order an article? 

Caltech ConnectThe easiest way to order an article is also the best way to ensure that the Library doesn’t have the article digitally available: by searching for the article in your favorite search tool. From there, use the CaltechConnect button. If we don’t have the article, options for ordering it appear, including the RUSH request option. Clicking the link there will pre-fill the RUSH form with most of the information needed.

RUSH Ordering

Requests may be submitted directly through DocuServe if you have the citation information.

  • Login to your DocuServe account
  • Use the Main Menu/New Request options to select the type of request you would like to make.  If you are unclear on the type of item, you can select “Help” and complete the web form.  We will respond as soon as possible.
  • Fill in all required fields on the request form.  Any extra information provided will make it easier to process your request, so please add as much descriptive data as possible in the appropriate fields.
  • Click “Submit Request” to complete your request

*TIP: Check the catalog or Libsearch for print versions. We are happy to retrieve or you can visit the stacks to access the library’s copy.


How do I pay for the service? Do I have to pay up-front?

You do not need to complete payment immediately. The Library’s DocuServe team will inovice you for payment of the articles using the information from your DocuServe account.  If you do not have a DocuServe account, you can create one or you can come to the Sherman Fairchild Library and pay by credit card.


What information do I need to complete a RUSH request? What is required?

You will need a DocuServe account, which the Library uses to route your RUSH article most effectively. You can sign up for a DocuServe by using your IMSS credentials at

Create your DocuServe account

  • The first time you log into DocuServe, you will see the new user registration form.
  • Enter all information as requested.
  • Click “Submit Information”
  • After entering your information, you will need to supply payment information.  We request you include your billing account information (either your UID or a PTA) when registering for the first time.  For most requests, you will not be charged but there are that do require a billing account in order to process (see Items/Price List).
  • You will now be able to make a book or article request through DocuServe.
  • For more information on this, please contact DocuServe (626-395-6437 or docuserve AT

What is DocuServe?

DocuServe utilizes a number of resource sharing partners and vendors to provide access to materials not immediately available through Caltech Library’s subscriptions or collections.  Based on our most recent assessment (graph below), for requests submitted during business hours, just over 30% of article requests are fulfilled in less than 12 hours, approximately 75% are fulfilled within 24 hours, and 85% within 48 hours (see figure below).

The service is free to you for articles and books.  Our partners include hundreds of academic libraries across the United States, Canada, Europe,and Australia. For more information, visit the DocuServe page here.

LOGIN to DocuServe – To make requests, check on, renew, or retrieve electronically delivered requests (requires IMSS authentication).

How do I get my first three RUSH articles free? 

You simply use the RUSH service to get instant articles. The Library will keep track of your usage and notify you when you have fulfilled your 3 free articles for the year.


ScienceDirect is Down – Resolved

According to Elsevier, ScienceDirect is experiencing unexpected errors that make the site inaccessible. They are working on fixing the problem and have apologized for the inconvenience.

Update – ScienceDirect is accessible again.

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