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Physics, Math & Astronomy: Home


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. 

Physics titles are held in the Sherman Fairchild Library basement. When you get to the bottom of the stairs, go straight ahead and they're shelved on the right. 

Caltech Library hours and locations

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).  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.

          E-journal Information

          Off-campus access to Library resources

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

          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

          Joy Painter
          Cahill 105
          MC 11-17