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Library Resources for SFP Visiting Students: Welcome!

An introduction to the Caltech Libraries for SFP Visiting Students.

Getting Started at the Caltech Library

How can I borrow items from the library?

If you have an access.caltech account, you will automatically have borrowing privileges connected to your account, but you must log in to the Library Catalog once to activate them. You will not be able to check out materials from the Library until you do so. Follow these steps to activate your account:

  1. Visit, and click the "login" link at the upper right.
  2. You will be prompted for your access.caltech credentials. Enter them.
  3. You will return to the Catalog homepage, and your Caltech email should now show in the top right of the page.
  4. Click on your email address to view your account - items you have on hold, checked out, etc.
  5. Log out of your account and close your browser window when you are finished, especially if you are on a shared account, to ensure your account security.

The maximum number of books that can be checked out is 8, and the borrowing period is 4 weeks. Items cannot be renewed, and you cannot recall an item that is already checked out to another patron. Bikes and eDevices also cannot be borrowed.

If you have any questions or run into any problems, please contact us!

How can I access electronic resources?

You can access electronic resources (e-books, journals, and databases) on-campus by logging into a campus computer with your access.caltech credentials. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to log into the library proxy when accessing electronic resources through catalog, library website or LibGuide links - links you find through Google will not be proxied and you may not be able to access the website. So, if you can't access something, try looking for it in a library resource. More information about off-campus access can be found here.

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

Print books and journals that the Library owns, along with electronic books and journals to which the Library subscribes, can be found by searching the Library Catalog. If you are specifically looking for an electronic journal, a more complete listing can be searched here. Remember that we may not have electronic access to every volume of a journal, especially for volumes published before 1997. We might have them in print - so if you can't find them in the Find Ejournals link, check the catalog.

What's a good database to use for finding journal articles?

Web of Science is usually a great place to start. We have a nice Getting Started Guide for you too. We also have more resources by subject listed here.

What if the library doesn't have the book or journal article I need?

You can request book loans or electronic copies of journal articles and other publications via DocuServe. More information about DocuServe can be found here.

Where can I print or scan?

Sherman Fairchild has three RICOH multifunction printer/photocopier/scanner/fax machines and two flatbed scanners connected to workstations. More information - including printing policy and allowances, additional locations, and detailed instructions - can be found on the Library Printing Page.