Summer hours are now in effect

Our summer hours are as follows:

Weekdays Weekends
SFL 8am – midnight 9am – midnight
Millikan 8am – midnight 9am – 9pm
Dabney 8am – 5pm closed
Cahill 8am – 5pm closed
Geology 8am – 5pm closed
Archives 8am – 5pm closed

All libraries require proper ID after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends. Caltech Affiliates and Guest Readers may access SFL between 5pm and midnight on weekdays and 9am to midnight on weekends and holidays. Access to Millikan after 5pm on weekdays and all day on weekends is limited to card swipe access by current Caltech faculty, postdocs, students and staff.

Gupta wins Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize

Ayush Gupta ’16, won the Caltech Library Friends’ Senior Thesis Prize June 1st. The prize is accompanied by a $1200 check. In a ceremony held on campus at the Alumni House, Harry Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry, spoke glowingly of Gupta, his student, and the need to develop alternative forms of energy. Gupta’s thesis is entitled “Noncovalent Immobilization of Electrocatalysts on Carbon Electrodes via a Pyrenyl Ligand.” Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Gupta will pursue a PhD in chemistry at the University of Chicago.
Ayush Gupta Sr Thesis Award

Photographic gallery – Time to celebrate: Caltech’s Commencement three decades ago


It’s 1986. Many know it as the year when Halley’s comet painted the sky, the Mets beat the Red Sox in the World Series, and the Bangles “walked like Egyptians”.

But for the students who marched through Beckman Mall in cap and gown, surrounded by cheering friends and family, 1986 will always be remembered as the year of their graduation.

Eyeglasses may have been larger and hairdos fluffier, but the 2016 graduating class feels the same pride for their achievements, and holds the same hopes for brilliant futures in invention, exploration, and discovery—lives as true Techers.

To celebrate Caltech’s 122nd Commencement and congratulate a new generation of distinguished graduates, the Caltech Archives is pleased to present a photographic gallery from thirty years ago, when President Marvin Goldberger led the Commencement exercises, and Caltech alumnus Arnold Beckman, inventor and entrepreneur, delivered the address.

Visit the photographic gallery here

SFL Elevator will be unavailable starting June 13th

Starting June 13th, the elevator at the Sherman Fairchild Library will be unavailable for 10 weeks while it is modernized. During that time, the only access to the group study rooms, Multimedia Conference Room and the book collections in the basement and on the 2nd floor will be by stair.

If you need books retrieved from another floor, please don’t hesitate to ask the circulation staff, or place a hold on the book ahead of time and we’ll pull it for you.

If you have questions about the elevator and access, please email

Beckman Room (Caltech Science Museum) will be open June 3, 1 to 4pm

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 June 3, 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

The Beckman Room entrance

Library hours for finals and Memorial Day

SFL will be open 24/7 until commencement on June 10th for the study period and finals. As usual, after midnight a current Caltech ID is required for access.

Students are encouraged to visit SFL room 328 between midnight and 7am through the finals period to take a study break and de-stress. Refreshments, board games, Legos, Mandalas, etc will be available for students.

On Monday, May 30th, 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.

* Update * SFL Basement Collection Move and Shelving Conversion


All of the QC / physics books have been moved off of the compact shelving in the south corner. They are now shelved on fixed, open shelves on the north side of the basement. With this move, all of the math and physics books are located together on open shelves.

McMurray-Stern, our compact shelving vendor, is working on the conversion of compact shelves to manual controls. For the next little while, the math journals still on the compact shelves are inaccessible. If you need to access a print math journal located in this area, please submit your request to Docuserve.

Questions? Please email

math physics


Library staff have started work in the Sherman Fairchild Library basement that involves consolidating all math and physics books on open, fixed shelving. The physics books currently on compact, moveable, shelving are being moved onto fixed shelves. We expect all of the physics books to be moved by 5/27/16.

As well, beginning 6/1, the compact shelves in the south corner of the basement will undergo a conversion to manual controls. Work will begin at 5am during the week and may be noisy. We apologize in advance for this and encourage users impacted by this work to study in alternate library locations. While the shelves are being converted, math periodicals will be stored on large trucks.

If you have questions about this work or move, or have difficulty finding something in the basement, please email


Library Space and Services Survey

The Caltech Library is interested in how you use and how you would like to use the Sherman Fairchild Library. Please take our brief survey to help us understand how to best meet your needs.

Library Workshop: ‘Who Wants to Know – Deciphering Online Privacy’ – Wednesday, May 4 – 2:00pm

Who Wants to Know? Deciphering Online Privacy

Although we are often very aware that our habits and histories are being tracked online, knowing how and why this information is being collected is less clear. This workshop looks into some data collection motives, particularly on campus. As a participant in this program, you will learn how to:

  • Identify who is collecting data about you and what their motivations are
  • Recognize when data is valuable and for what purpose, especially in your scholarly work
  • Protect your online data and identity more completely using free tools and tactics
  • Communicate your data privacy needs to business and academic partners

Links to get you started:

Library Freedom Project

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)

Wednesday, May 4


Sherman Fairchild Library, Multimedia Conference Room 328


Fred Anson Papers collection guide now online!

The papers of Professor Anson -the Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus- have been processed, and the searchable collection guide is now available online at the Online Archive of California (OAC).

For further biographical information, read his oral history in CODA, conducted by the Caltech Archives in 1997.


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