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Our Web site provides access to a wide array of databases and other resources. Here are some options you may not have already discovered:

Course Reserves
Place books on reserve through Adopt a Text; access to Adopt a Text is thru access.caltech.  When choosing a reserve type, please note that closed reserves are shelved behind the circulation desk whereas open reserves are available only at SFL and are located on shelves near the computers on the first floor.  Personal copies, items on reserve for multiple classes and high use materials are recommended for closed reserves. 

Institutional Repository
Our CODA database can host your research papers and other data on our server in a perpetually maintained and discoverable archive. We can be the answer to NIH and NSF proposal requests for data management and retention plans. Caltech librarians adhere to archiving standards and we can be your trusted partner with a long-term perspective regarding planning and storage solutions.

Interlibrary Loan
Through our DocuServe interlibrary loan service we can get almost any resource you need, including copies of journal articles, books, and dissertations. We pride ourselves on our rapid fulfillment of your requests.

Scholarly Communication
Faculty members and librarians are concerned over the cost of scholarly journals, the barriers to access created by the ever-increasing costs, and the extent to which scholarly information should be more-or-less freely available as a public good. Learn more at Scholarly Communication and at For Authors.

Classroom Instruction
Do you want students to use scholarly sources and produce higher quality research? Could your students use an overview of information resources related to their subject area? Caltech Librarians can tailor instruction according to your students' needs.

Recommend Materials for Purchase
Librarians will purchase books, e-books, journals, CDs, and other material for the Library collection in support of your classes. You can request trials of databases and we can provide demonstrations and training. Send email to library AT or contact us.


Getting ready to publish?  SPARC, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, offers some valuable advice on Author Rights.

    Caltech Library Services page  For Authors has more.

    Timothy K. Armstrong, a copyright specialist at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has written a paper on publication agreements for authors.


    Librarians will provide research assistance by email, phone, or in person. Each librarian liaison has subject expertise to meet your information needs.         

    Lindsay Cleary 
    Dabney, 1st floor
    George Porter
    engineering and applied science, chemical engineering
    SFL, 3rd floor
    Donna Wrublewski,
    chemistry and biology
    SFL, 3rd floor
    Joy Painter
    astronomy and physics
    Cahill, 1st floor


    Dana Roth 


     G. Clement
    Gail Perestman- Clement

    Head of Research Services,  Geology

    Sherman Fairchild Library, 3rd floor