The Friends of the Caltech Libraries is an advisory group which raises money on behalf of the Library. Through the generosity of the Friends, the Library has been able to better support the evolving needs students and researchers through relevant research resources, technologies and spaces. The Friends notably sponsor high-profile student prizes: for undergraduates, the Senior Thesis Prize, and for graduate students, the Three-Minute Thesis competition.

The latest Friends of the Caltech Libraries newsletter provides an update on our activites.


Friends Membership Tiers

  • Member: $1 - $99
    • Invitation to library events
  • Bronze: $100
    • Invitation to library events
    • One personalized digital bookplate to a book in the Library's collection
  • Silver: $250
    • All preceding benefits, plus...
    • An orientation to 3D printing at the TechLab, or one print of your choice
    • Obtain a library borrower's card which entitles borrowing privileges for up to 8 books (at one time) for up to 4 weeks (lost card will result in a $20 replacement fee)
    • Three personalized digital bookplates to books in the Library's collection
  • Gold: $500 or higher
    • All preceding benefits, plus...
    • Five personalized digital bookplates to books in the Library's collection

If you prefer to join or renew by mail, please download this form and send with your payment.

For more information or to be added to our Friends mailing list, please contact friends [at] or Catherine Geard at 626.395.6834.