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Learn about HSS-specific library resources, including librarians, collections, archives, databases, research and data support, and more.

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What's new? September 2020

Caltech Women's Club Oral Histories available on CaltechOralHistories

Now online: a series of four oral histories documenting the early history of the Caltech Women’s Club and social life on campus in the 1920s. The interviews were conducted by Alice Stone in 1978; Adeline Miller Adams, Eleanor Bedell Burt, Elizabeth Allen Swift, and Helen Keith Smythe share their observations and perspectives of those times. Read More.

Access to streaming films

Are you showing any films or TV shows in your Fall courses? We’ve renewed our subscription to Swank, a streaming film platform that enables you to legally stream popular and academic films in your courses. Share your title list with us, and we’ll explore ways the library can provide access through Swank or other avenues on your behalf.

Welcome to the TechHub!

This fall, the Library is pleased to welcome the Caltech community to our new TechHub. Located on the first floor of the Caltech Hall Building, the TechHub is a productive and creative space offering several Library services and resources. It is currently the home of our TechLab for 3D printing and will soon be the location for our technology lending program, an additional Caltech Archives & Special Collections exhibition space, our upcoming retail partnership with Vroman’s Bookstore, and a makerspace for play and experimentation.

Library Diversity and Inclusion Guide: Anti-Racist Resources

As part of Caltech's Equity, Diversity, Belonging, and Inclusion (EDBI) initiatives, the Library has put together a collection of resources relating to anti-racism and the Black Lives Matter movement. See the EDBI guide for a list of titles.

Selected list of recent purchases
Updated ACLS ebooks

The American Council of Learned Societies Humanities E-Book Collection (ACLS HEB) contains new titles this month. Check out the ACLS collection through our catalog or the ACLS site.

ACLS HEB is a digital collection of over 5,500 core humanities and social science titles from over 120 publishers. Books in the collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of ACLS.

New Cambridge ebooks

Fifty new Humanities and Social Sciences ebooks from Cambridge University Press have been added to the Library collection. A full list of added titles can be browsed here.

COVID-19 Experiences Collection

The Caltech Archives is collecting the experiences of members of the Caltech community on campus and at home and invites you to contribute stories, photographs, videos, and other documents of your experience. Participants can choose whether their contributions are publicly visible on the web or available to researchers only by request.

Help & support

Not finding what you need?

DocuServe - Borrow from another library.

Suggest a purchase - Suggest an item to add to the collection.



RUSH Document Delivery - Use our rapid delivery service for electronic articles that we don't have immediate access to. First 10 free!

Campus Delivery - We can deliver physical items to faculty, post-doc, and graduate student offices upon request.


Get help

Ask a Librarian - We're here to help with research, writing, data, and your other information needs during our open hours.

Email | Text 626-587-4833 | Phone 626-395-3404

Copyright Services - Fair use, Creative Commons & more.

Open Access - Make your manuscripts openly accessible.

ORCID - Create a unique researcher identifier.

Research data support - Get help with all things data.

Zotero - Use our supported citation management platform.

Authoring and Publishing Services - Get expert assistance at every step along the way.

Copyright Services - Fair use, Creative Commons & more.

Open Access - Make your manuscripts openly accessible.

Thesis support

Writing assistance

Zotero - Use our supported citation management platform.