SFL Elevator is working

The elevator at SFL is now working again.

SFL Elevator still unavailable

The elevator at the Sherman Fairchild Library is unfortunately still out of service. If you need assistance retrieving books or other materials from the basement, 2nd or 3rd floors, please email circ@library.caltech.edu and we’ll pull them for you.

The group study rooms and MCR are currently accessible by stairs only. Groups of up to 15 people are welcome to schedule meetings in MIL 200 instead.

For further assistance with accessibility matters, please contact Disability Services at Caltech.

July new books and journals lists now available

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

Baxter Hall book drop has been removed.

Due to renovations at Baxter Hall, the Caltech Library book drop has been removed. The nearest book drop would be located inside Beckman Lab but books can be returned to any of the libraries on campus.

Caltech Selects TIND Library Management System

The California Institute of Technology chose TIND’s cloud solution to manage university-wide print and electronic resources.

Pasadena, California and Geneva, Switzerland – July 13, 2015. CERN spin-off TIND Technologies was selected by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) to provide their cloud-based library management system based on CERN open source technology. The solution will be integrated with EBSCO’s Discovery Service.

“The TIND library management system disrupts the traditional Integrated Library System paradigm. We’re excited to implement this open source platform and to partner with like-minded innovators at TIND Technologies to meet both current and emerging needs,” says Kristin Antelman, university librarian at Caltech.

The TIND system allows the library to modernize and simplify workflows related to print resource management, while providing a stronger platform for the management of electronic resources.

Through close collaboration with the Caltech Library, TIND will strengthen its electronic resource management (ERM) capabilities by developing an ERM module that leverages the Global Open Knowledge Base (GOKb). Using an open, community-managed knowledge base further supports TIND’s mission of providing open platforms and services.

The TIND solution also offers strong digital asset management and preservation capabilities, providing the Caltech Library with the potential to support digital asset management, including institutional research output and data, within the same platform.

About TIND Technologies

TIND Technologies is an official CERN spin-off providing library management systems, institutional repositories and research data repositories based on CERN open source technology through a software-as-a-service model. The company is based in Trondheim, Norway and Geneva, Switzerland.

About the California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology or Caltech, named the world’s top university by Times Higher Education, is a world-renowned and pioneering research and education institution dedicated to advancing science and engineering.

For more information, please contact:

Kristin Antelman
University Librarian, Caltech
+1 626-395-6416

Alexander Nietzold
CEO, TIND Technologies AS
+47 92642726

Millikan Circulation Desk will close Monday, July 6th

On Monday July 6th, the Millikan circulation desk will be vacated as the Millikan circulation staff and services merge with the Sherman Fairchild Library circulation desk.

  • For library questions, please visit the Sherman Fairchild Library, contact us by phone (x3405), or email library@caltech.edu.
  • The Caltech community will continue to have access to the Millikan Library.  Please consult the library hours page for more information.
  • A self-checkout machine will be available in the lobby for the Caltech community to check out materials from the Millikan basement and 9th floor.
  • The DocuServe office will remain on the north side of the first floor of Millikan.  Interlibrary loan materials can be picked up from here Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm.  DocuServe will also continue to be available for scanning, printing, or binding assistance.


Holiday weekend hours

July 2nd
Registration for Caltech Affiliates ends at 3pm. SFL closes at midnight.

July 3rd
SFL open 9am – 6pm. Caltech or Reader’s ID is required all day. Millikan, Dabney, Cahill and Geology are closed all day.

July 4th
All libraries are closed all day.

July 5th
Regular Sunday hours are in effect.

Please visit our Hours Page for more information.

Elsevier Access restored today (Thursday, June 18)

The Library has successfully resolved problems with access to subscribed Elsevier journals. We are working to reset menu settings so you link directly to articles of interest.

Elsevier Access Problems

We are currently having access issues with ScienceDirect content published 7/1/2015+. If you encounter a problem downloading a journal article from ScienceDirect that we subscribe to please request it from Docuserve. There is no charge for this service.

We apologize for this problem and are working with Elsevier towards a solution. If you have questions please email us and we will respond promptly .

Summer hours start tonight 6/12

Summer hours go into effect tonight at midnight (12am June 13th).

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.

For full details, see our Hours Page.

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