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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.

Looking for your course textbook?

The Caltech Library places all required course texts on course reserves for students to have an equal opportunity for access.

We recommend you search for your course here to locate the texts on reserve for your course.  Reserves are located at the Sherman Fairchild Library (SFL) or Geology Library.  The loan period for SFL course reserves is shorter than normal checkouts.  Most check out for 3 hours with some being available for up to 24 hours.  The shorter loan period is to make sure all students in the course have access to the material.  Geology reserves are for use only in the Geology Reading Room and are not to be checked out or removed from that library.

In some cases, multiple copies are made available in course reserves so please check the course reserve list.

If a course text is not on course reserve, please notify the Library.

Library Workshop: ‘Authorea – Advanced Editing and Collaboration’ – Wednesday, September 7, 2:00pm

“Authorea – Advanced Editing and Collaboration”

This “Beyond-the-Basics” program covers more advanced features of the Authorea online authoring platform, including:

  • Integration with GitHub;
  • Editing text blocks using Unix tools like vi;
  • Integrating interactive figures and plots into a manuscript
  • Applying journal templates for submission and publication

Prerequisites: Working knowledge of Authorea to create, edit, share documents with text, figures, and citations in Markdown, LaTeX, or HTML. Familiarity with GitHub for collaborative editing and open dissemination of research documents.

Wednesday, September 7


Millikan Library, 9th Floor






Sherman Fairchild Library elevator is now back in service

After a complete modernization of the elevator, it is now back in service and available for use.

Labor Day weekend hours

On Friday afternoon, September 3rd, registration services will close at 3pm. The libraries will be open normal hours Saturday and Sunday.

On Monday, September 6th, for Labor Day, 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. Cahill, Dabney and Geology libraries will be closed.

Sherman Fairchild Library partial floor closures – August 26 to September 2

Sherman Fairchild Library will have partial floor closures from August 26th to September 2nd for maintenance.

The Library will remain open during this time. The group study rooms on the 2nd floor and the central computer workstations on 1st floor will continue to be available during this period.

Schedule of floor closures:
Monday, August 29 – Basement & 3rd floor; partial closures on 1st and 2nd floors
Tuesday, August 30 – Basement & 3rd floor; partial closures on 1st and 2nd floors
Wednesday, August 31 – Basement; partial closure on 2nd floor
Thursday, September 1 – Basement; partial closure on 2nd floor
Friday, September 2 – Basement; partial closure on 2nd floor

If you have any questions or would like us to retrieve a book for you, please contact the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

DocuServe access working again

The temporary problem logging into DocuServe has been resolved. As always, please let us know if you have any problems.

DocuServe not accessible

There is currently a problem with the login to DocuServe. Until it’s fixed, if you need to submit a request, or retrieve a PDF, please email and we’ll take care of it for you.

The Paul MacCready collection is now on line!

For the first time the Caltech Archives is making available online an entire multi-media collection.

A Caltech alumnus (MS physics, 1948; PhD aeronautics, 1952), Paul MacCready was a visionary, an inventor and an entrepreneur who pioneered alternative energy solutions through his company, AeroVironment. In the 1970s he began work on the celebrated human-powered Gossamer aircraft series, beginning with the Gossamer Condor. He continued to work on the problems of solar-powered flight and unmanned aircraft, but his interest in environmentally friendly technology also led him to innovative electric and hybrid automotive vehicles, micro-air vehicles and the high altitude, long endurance Helios solar aircraft for telecommunications, imaging and scientific research.

The collection includes a diverse array of documents, media, and objects—manuscripts and printed material; awards; videos and film; photographs and slides, diaries and notebooks; memorabilia, biographical material and ephemera—all created over a span of over 70 years (ca. 1930-2002). It is very fitting with Paul MacCready’s innovative and entrepreneurial personality that his collection is the first one to be accessible on the internet in its entirety.

The project was made possible by a generous gift from the MacCready family.

Visit the online collection here.

Campus Delivery now available

Campus delivery is now available to Caltech faculty and staff. Graduate students and postdocs may also be eligible for the service, provided they have an office address on campus.  You can request for the service here.

Once registered, if you request books from the Caltech collection or through DocuServe (interlibrary loan), the books will be delivered to the designated office or delivery location.

Delivery can take up to one business day and the material will be checked out to you prior to delivery. Non-circulating items, microfiche, course reserves, electronic devices such as laptops, and in-library use only interlibrary loan books are excluded from delivery.

Caltech books should be returned to any of the libraries or one of our book drops around campus. DocuServe (interlibrary loan) books should be returned directly to the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

If you have any questions about the service, please contact the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

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