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Welcome to Caltech Library: COVID-19 Services

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

Caltech Library Services for Fall Term During COVID-19

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.

Checking Out Physical Books and Other Items

We are providing access to our physical books (as well as some of our electronic equipment) in a mediated fashion.

  1. Log in to the Library Catalog.
  2. Place a hold on the item of interest.
  3. You will receive an automatic notification from our Circulation staff that your request has been received.
  4. Staff will then physically retrieve the requested item, from any library on campus, and will process it for pickup.
  5. You will then receive a second notification when the item is ready for pickup at the Sherman Fairchild Library, and will be asked to schedule a pickup time during one of the Pickup Times for Physical Items listed below.
  6. Once your pickup time is confirmed, you will be able to pick up your item during your scheduled pickup time at the Circulation Window on the west side of the Library. You must wear a face mask and observe posted social distancing rules in order to pick up your items.

Pickup Times for Physical Items:
September 28 - October 2nd: Monday through Friday, 9-11am and 3-5pm
Starting October 5th: Monday - Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 11am-2pm, Sunday 1-4 pm

Course Reserves

If Course Reserves are not accessible through the "Course Reserves" section in your Canvas class, you may search for your class in the Library Catalog. It is best to search using the abbreviated course subject, i.e. "Ch 1" or "Ma". If you do not see your course listed, check with your instructor.

The Library has tried to purchase electronic versions of requested materials wherever possible. However, some publishers simply do not make electronic books available for purchase that multiple people can use at once. If the Library does not have an ebook for your class, check the Caltech textbook store, MBS Direct or the book publisher for an individually-licensed version that you may purchase.

Physical Reserves (Books and Media) Guidelines:

  • The Library does have some physical items on reserve at the Sherman Fairchild Library only.
  • Items cannot be put on hold. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Items can be checked out for 24 hours.
  • Once items are returned, they cannot circulate again for another 24 hours due to COVID-19 precautions.

Physical Access to Library Spaces

All physical Library spaces are closed to non-Library staff. No exceptions. The Library is working on providing outdoor reading spaces later this term.

Paper Printing

Starting September 29th, the Library will offer mediated paper printing services.

  1. Submit your print request following these instructions.
  2. You will receive a notification to schedule a pickup time at the Sherman Fairchild Library (see Pickup Times for Physical Items listed above).
  3. You must wear a face mask and observe posted social distancing rules in order to pick up your items.
  4. Items not picked up after five days will be shredded.

 

Techlab Mediated Printing

The Caltech Library Techlab is providing a mediated printing service.

  1. Submit your request.
  2. When your print is ready for pickup, you will be contacted and asked to schedule a pickup time at the Sherman Fairchild Library during the Pickup Times for Physical Items listed above. You must wear a face mask and observe posted social distancing rules in order to pick up your items.