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I’m stuck.  Where can I email for help?

Expert research librarians respond quickly and will even make house calls.

You can also look for answers here:


How do I get my hands on material the Library does not own, such as a book or a conference paper?


Use Docuserve, our document delivery service.  It's fast, and it's free.

How do I put books on course reserves?


Use Adopt-a- Text, which you can get to through   Almost all print reserves are shelved at SFL; e-books are also an option.


What is ORCiD?

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). It’s a “Social Security Number” for researchers, and increasingly publishers and funders require it for submission.  If you don’t have one, you should get one.


How many libraries are there on campus?

There are 5 libraries on campus, organized as one coordinated library system.


Does Caltech have an Open Access Policy?

The Caltech Faculty passed an OA policy, with the ability to request a waiver for a few publishers. 





How do I know what’s in the Library collection?


Use the search box on the Library’s homepage. It’s a Google-like tool that searches a multitude of academic research sources.


Print books and journals that the Library owns, along with ebooks and ejournals to which the Library subscribes, can be found by searching the Library Catalog.


If you are searching for a specific electronic journal, use Find E-journals. This list includes both subscription and Open Access journals.


Where do I get a library card?


Once you are issued your access.caltech account and your ID number, you simply activate your Library account by logging into the catalog  (top right corner).


What do my grad students need to know about uploading their theses before graduation?


Caltech theses have a common format, and there are regulations regarding content, submission, proofreading, and final disposition. More info here.


Where can I self-archive my research?

In Caltech’s primary institutional repositories:

Authors, Thesis, and Data

When you have a minute


What is Overleaf?


Overleaf is a collaborative, online LaTeX document creation platform that is free to Caltech students, staff and faculty. Learn more here.

What classes does the Library offer?

Here is a listing and schedule


What citation management system does the Library support ?



How do I get information on adding material to the Library’s collections?

Contact your subject librarian


How do I make Caltech Connect links appear in Google Scholar when I’m off campus?


Log into Google Scholar and go to your Scholar Settings page. Click “Library Links” and select “California Institute of Technology – Caltech Connect.” Click the “Save” button.


  Can the Library provide copyright advice?

We can provide guidance on copyright questions including fair use and authors’ rights. See our Copyright Support and Issues Guide.