Collaborative LaTeX platform now available for Caltech

Caltech Library now provides free Overleaf Pro accounts for all students, faculty and staff who would like to use a collaborative, online LaTeX editor for their projects.

Overleaf is designed to make the process of writing, editing and producing your research papers and project reports much quicker for both you and your collaborators. Overleaf can also be linked to other services such as arXiv, Git and to best fit into your workflow.

Claim your free 10GB Pro account on Overleaf by signing up at You’ll need to verify a Caltech email address in order to receive your free Pro account.

Also stay tuned for announcements about training opportunities and new LaTeX templates for Caltech authors.

Library Workshop: Authors’ Rights in Publishing: Thursday, October 8, 2:00pm

Authors’ Rights in Publishing

This session discusses the basic principles of US Copyright law, the Caltech Copyright Policy, and the Caltech Faculty Open Access Policy — the three “authoritative” sources governing Caltech authors’ rights. Using a case study approach, participants will review their legal rights and responsibilities as authors and creators at Caltech and analyze professional situations where those rights can be asserted, transferred, or lost in the process of publishing, research data sharing, and other forms of scholarly communication.

This program is part of the Caltech Library’s Author Academy initiative. In addition to the session offered through the Library Instruction calendar, it is available by request for any Caltech group of 8 or more.

Thursday, October 8


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Library Workshop: Copyright Essentials: Wednesday, October 7, 2:00pm

Copyright Essentials

This basic introduction covers the essential parts of US Copyright Law most relevant to Caltech students, faculty, and staff. Participants in this program will learn the following skills and methods:

  • Determine the copyright status of a work (yours and anyone else’s)
  • Distinguish between what is “free to read” on the Internet and what is “Free to copy, share, modify, and redistribute”
  • Distinguish between public domain (no copyright protection) and publicly available but still copyrighted with some restrictions
  • Identify Caltech policies governing copyright ownership of your own works
  • Recognize the risks associated with using other people’s copyrighted works without permission

This program is part of the Caltech Library’s Author Academy initiative. In addition to the session offered through the Library Instruction calendar, it is available by request for any Caltech group of 8 or more.

Wednesday, October 7


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


New Library Catalog available

The library website looks a little different today with a new search box that points to our new catalog.

If you’re new to campus, you’ll need to log into the new system to activate your account before you can check out books.

Please let us know if you run into any problems with the new system, or if you have any suggestions on how we can make it even better.

Beckman Museum will be open October 2, 1 to 4pm

The Beckman Room entrance

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 October 2, 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 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.

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.

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