Sherman Fairchild Library will be open 24 hours this weekend (Dec. 2-3).

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

Print Math Journals – Collection Move

Library staff have started moving math journals that were shelved in the Millikan basement to the Sherman Fairchild Library (SFL). The math journals will all be shelved in the SFL basement on compact shelves. If you have difficulty finding a title during this move please email Thank you in advance for your patience during this move.

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.


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