The Friends of the Caltech Libraries is a membership group which raises money on behalf of the Library. Through the generosity of the Friends, the Library has been able to enlarge its collections, enhance its services, and improve its facilities.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, please contact: Friends @ or Robin Izon at 626.395.6411

Ongoing projects of the Caltech Library and the Caltech Archives:

Funds raised through The Friends sponsored events have contributed to the following:

  • Renovation and upgrade of the Group Study Rooms in the Sherman Fairchild Library.
  • Upgrading the Geology Library with a large format scanner/printer so that digital maps can be printed and analog maps can be scanned to file.
  • Improvement of self-service in the libraries through the acquisition of self book check-out stations.
  • Access to retrospective databases, the Web of Science databases: Science Citation Index from 1945-present (previously 1979-present); Social Science Citation Index from 1956-present (previously 1979-present).
  • Conservation of rare and valuable books held in the Institute Archives.
  • Restoration of the Astrophysics Library to its original and historic beauty.
  • Through the Book Fund, the purchase of books for students which are outside the normal coverage of the libraries on campus.
  • Support for staff to keep abreast of library technology by attending seminars and workshops.
  • The microfiliming of early Caltech theses, thus helping to preserve these records of Caltech research.

Gifts and Donations

To make a monetary gift to the Friends of the Caltech Libraries you may do this by mail or by credit card through the Caltech Gifts site.

Download and complete form and mail payments to:

The Friends of Caltech Libraries
Millikan Library 1-32
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

To conveniently submit your membership using the Caltech Gifts secure credit card site, please click here: credit card payment. Please select Special Gifts from the first, then select The Friends of Caltech Libraries. This will ensure that your payment is credited appropriately.

Information on donating books