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.


“Library Account” emails from the Library

It has been reported that some in the Caltech community have received an email from the Caltech Library with a subject line, “Library Account” notifying you that your library account has expired. The email may ask you to click on an URL and login.

This is not from the Caltech Library and should be a phishing email.   The Caltech Library would not ask any user to reactivate their library account in such a manner.

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

Sherman Fairchild Library Facilities Work

During the next few months work is taking place in the Sherman Fairchild Library that may impact our users. Tall shelving on the first and third floors has been removed. Additional shelving has been added in the basement.

This summer physics books that were on the moveable shelves in the basement will be moved onto these new, fixed shelves in the basement. As well, magazines and newspapers that were on the 3rd floor have been moved down to the 1st floor.

If you have any questions or feedback about these changes please email us at

arXiv Survey

If you use arXiv, please consider filling out a user survey to help them improve arXiv and clarify future directions for the service in a way that best serves the user community:

Click here to start arXiv survey

Alternative metrics added to CaltechAUTHORS

There’s a whole new section of information at the bottom of each CaltechAUTHORS record. We’ve just turned on PlumX Metrics which provides insight into alternative ways of viewing the impact of a piece of scholarship. Alternative metrics (altmetrics) are displayed for each record for which the information is available in 5 categories: Usage, Captures, Mentions, Social Media, and Citations.

Usage — downloads from CaltechAUTHORS, library holdings of books…

Captures — bookmarks, favorites, readers…

Mentions — blogs, comments, Wikipedia links…

Social Media — tweets, Facebook shares…

Citations — PubMed, Scopus, … [not Web of Science yet]

Some examples: LIGO’s gravitational wave paper; Jack Robert’s organic chemistry book; Noel Cordngold’s lecture notes on stochastic processes

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