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Welcome to the research guide for physics, math and astronomy at Caltech. Please use the above tabs to find what you're looking for. If you have questions you're welcome to contact me by e-mail.

Astronomy collections are in the Cahill Library and Millikan basement. Math collections are in the Sherman Fairchild Library (SFL) basement. Physics titles are held in the SFL basement. 

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Finding Books

Catalog for Caltech Libraries. It includes print and electronic holdings

Worldcat - The world's largest library catalog

If the Caltech Library collection does not have a book or subscribe to an article that you'd like, you can request it through Docuserve (Interlibrary Loan). You can email me directly if you'd like a book to be purchased for our collections or use this form.


E-journal Information

  • To understand what the Library's current subscriptions are please use Find Ejournals. When you enter the journal title you'll see the it listed with date thresholds that represent our entitlements. We still have some journals in print! Obviously these are not listed in Find EJournals. Use our library catalogue, TIND, to locate print titles.
  • Docuserve offers *FREE RUSH* for your first 10 requests each year. If you need an article quickly, on the weekend, at night or when you have a deadline, please use this service. The article will be delivered to you within minutes from Reprints Desk, a commercial service.
  • The Library does subscribe to Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series. The entire book series is available 1(1988)+
  • The Library subscribes to select IOP titles
  • The Library does subscribe to Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP) through IOP
  • The Library does subscribe to Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) through Cambridge Journals Online. These titles include: IAU Symposium 222(2004)+ , IAU Colloquium 195(2004)-199(2005), IAU Transactions 26(2005)+, and Highlights of Astronomy 14(2006)+

Off-campus access to Library resources

Only current Caltech students, faculty, and staff have remote-access privileges to Caltech-licensed library resources. This includes ebooks!

You are a remote user if your IP address fall outside the range 131.215.*.*. This includes people at CSO, IPAC, LIGO, OVRO and Palomar. Using the Library's proxy server, running VPN, or installing a LibX plug-in are all options to help you access library material from off-campus.

In order to access library subscriptions through ADS, you must adjust your Library Links Settings on this page. Select 'California Institute of Technology' from the drop-down menu and save your settings. Once this is complete, you'll see the button display in your search results.

Please see the general information on this page if you're trying to access library resources from off-site.

Find e-journals

See all of our journal subscriptions, with proxied links so you can access them off-campus as well.

Physics, Math & Astronomy Librarian

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Joy Painter
Cahill 105
MC 11-17