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

Astronomy collections are in the Cahill Library and Millikan basement. Titles with locations in the annex can be paged. 

Physics titles are held in the Sherman Fairchild Library basement. They are in compact shelving on the south wall. 

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      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).  In February 2015 the Docuserve fee was waived so it is now free. You can email me directly if you'd like a book to be purchased for our collections or use this form.


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