Library catalog transition

We’re in the middle of transitioning to our new library catalog. The search box on the library homepage will be replaced in the next couple of days, but in the meantime if you’d like to check out the new catalog (and there see the most recent data on what you have checked out and whether books are available), go to

You may see a mixture of links to the old and new catalogs this week. Please let us know if you run into any problems, or if you have questions about how the new system works.

Library Workshop: Overview of Library Resources: Wednesday, September 30, 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 e-journals, 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.

Wednesday, September 30


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Fall Library classes now available

Our Fall Library classes schedule is now available at:

This term, we will be offering an overview of library resources class, two thesis classes, and EndNote class, and a Patents class.

Also new this term are several classes on authors’ rights in publishing, avoiding plagiarism, copyright issues, and the use of ORCiD.

Please sign up and register today.



The Noyes and Beckman Lab book drops have been removed.

The book drops located at the Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics and Beckman Laboratories of Behavioral Biology have been removed.

Please feel free to return library books to any of the Caltech Library locations on campus.

Fake Emails – Access and Delivery Services

It has been reported that some in the Caltech community have received an email from the Caltech Library with a subject line, “Access and Delivery Services,” that notifies you of your access to DocuServe expiring due to inactivity. The email may ask you to click on an URL and complete a form. Please disregard this email as your DocuServe account will never expire.

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

Labor Day weekend hours

Friday 9/4
Registration for Caltech affiliates ends at 3pm.

Saturday 9/5
All libraries have regular Saturday hours.

Sunday 9/6
All libraries have regular Sunday hours.

Monday 9/7
SFL open 9am to 6pm. Caltech or Reader ID is required all hours. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill, and Geology are closed for the holiday.

August new books and journals lists now available

The lists of new books and journals added to the libraries’ collections during the month of August 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.

Treatise on Geophysics (2nd edition)

The newly revised, comprehensive reference work Treatise on Geophysics is now available to Caltech users thanks to a cost-sharing arrangement with the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.

Off-campus Caltech users may connect to this online resource using the link:


Digital Technologies Development Librarian position available

The Library is looking for a Digital Technologies Development Librarian. See the job description with a link to apply.

SFL Elevator is working

The elevator at SFL is now working again.

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