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Welcome to Caltech Library: Reopening Plan

New to Caltech? Learn about all the library resources, services, and staff available to you.

Caltech Library Services for Fall Term During COVID-19

Updated September 27, 2021



Physical Access to Library Spaces

Please note that for ALL Library spaces on campus:

  1. A valid Caltech ID card is required for entry at all times. No alumni, visitors, or other members of the general public are allowed in the space at this time.
  2. Masks are REQUIRED at all times regardless of vaccination status. N95, KN95, KF94 or similar masks must be worn at all times in all indoor Library locations.
  3. Eating and drinking is prohibited at all times in all library space due to COVID-19 safety measures. This includes water and coffee.

Sherman Fairchild Library

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8am to 1am
Friday: 8am to 12am
Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Hours may change throughout the term, especially around holidays, midterms, and finals. Please see the Library Hours page for the most current information.


SFL Study Spaces

  1. Group study rooms are available for reservation during hours that SFL is open. Please read our room reservation policy before booking a room. You must check in at the Information Desk on the first floor of SFL to receive the room key.
  2. Seats at tables or computers for Individual study are available on a first come, first-served basis. You must check in at the Information Desk on the first floor of SFL to request a study space. If you need to reserve a seat in advance, please email library@caltech.edu. Please see our Library Study Spaces page for more information.
  3. All study spaces must be vacated one hour prior to library closing.
  4. Browsing in SFL is allowed for 30 minutes at a time. Please check in at the Information Desk on the first floor of SFL to receive a browsing pass. Return the pass when you exit the building.

Outdoor study space is available on the east side of the Sherman Fairchild Library, and is available Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.


Course Reserves

Physical course reserves are available at Sherman Fairchild Library and must be checked out. Most items are available for 3 hours.

Electronic course reserves are available through Canvas.


Picking Up Items On Hold

Please note that reservations to pick up items on hold are no longer required. Items may be picked up whenever Sherman Fairchild Library is open. Collections at other library locations are available for request online and can be picked up at Sherman Fairchild.

Due to COVID we are currently facilitating loans to Caltech members with an active Caltech ID ONLY. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at library@caltech.edu or call the 626-395-3405.


Printing / Scanning / Copying

Sherman Fairchild has two Xerox multifunction machines available on the first floor. Please see our Printing Instructions page for instructions on how to print to these machines.


Millikan Library / Caltech Hall

Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am to 5:45pm
Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED


TechHub

The TechHub is located on the first floor of Millikan and is home to the 3D Printing Lab, and where iPads and other technology can be checked out for use.

3D Printing Hours: 12pm - 6pm, Monday through Friday


More details will be posted shortly!


Branch Libraries

Cahill Library: Browsing: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Reference services by appointment only. Please email library@caltech.edu.

Dabney Library: Browsing and reference services by appointment only. Please email library@caltech.edu.

Geology Library: Browsing: 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, for GPS Division members only. All others by appointment only. Reference services by appointment only. Please email library@caltech.edu.

Note: Collections at other library locations are available for request online and can be picked up at Sherman Fairchild.



Electronic Access to Library-Subscribed Materials (journals, books, databases)

  1. Please visit our Off-Campus Access page for information about accessing resources through the Library proxy and the VPN.
  2. If you have questions or problems, please contact us.