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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 July 8, 2021

 


 

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.

 


 

Physical Access to Library Spaces

Updated Sherman Fairchild Library Hours

Please note:

  1. A valid Caltech ID card is required for entry into the building 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 while in SFL at all times regardless of vaccination status.
  3. No food or drinks allowed.

Sherman Fairchild Library has moved to the next stage in our reopening plan. Current members of the Caltech community (students, faculty, and staff) are invited into the building to study and browse the collections during the following hours:

  • Monday - Friday, 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday, 11am - 2pm (browsing only, no study space)
  • Sunday, 1pm - 4pm (browsing only, no study space)

 

Please see our Library Hours for the most up-to-date information.

 

Study rooms

Group study rooms are also now available for reservation during hours that SFL is open. Please read our room reservation policy before booking a room.

 

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 the Library is open. Collections at other library locations are available for request online and can be picked up at Sherman Fairchild Library.

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.

 

Outdoor study space

Come enjoy the temperate Southern California weather and study safely with our public health precautions.

The Caltech Library is offering outdoor study space to Caltech students in adherence to the Public Health Reopening Protocol: Institutes of Higher Education guidelines issued by the Pasadena Department of Public Health. The outdoor study space is located on the east side of the Sherman Fairchild Library, and it is open Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm.

For additional information and to book your space go to https://libcal.caltech.edu/reserve/SFL-outdoor-seating.

Stay tuned for the return of more physical services later this summer.

 


 

Paper Printing

The Library is offering mediated paper printing services.

  1. Submit your print request following these instructions.
  2. You will receive a notification to pick up your print job at the Sherman Fairchild Library during open hours.
  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 3D Printing

The Caltech Library Techlab is providing a mediated 3-D printing service.

  1. Submit your request.
  2. When your print is ready for pickup, you will receive a notification to pick up your print job at the Sherman Fairchild Library during open hours.
  3. You must wear a face mask and observe posted social distancing rules in order to pick up your items.