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Cookies, coffee, and tea are served in the Commons Room at 3:15 p.m. every day, except Tuesdays, during the school year. The kitchens must be maintained by all who use them. Please help keep the kitchens neat by cleaning up after all coffee and meal preparation.

ESPRESSO - There is an espresso machine, located in the Commons Room, on the first floor. A second machine is in the upstairs kitchen. Espresso is available to KITP scientists only for $1.50/bag (2 cartridges) from the Visitor Services Assistant in room 1102.

DRINKING WATER - Filtered water is available from the special taps in both downstairs and upstairs kitchens.

The main copy machine is located in the downstairs copy/print room (1018).

KITP Reading Room

The KITP maintains a small collection of essential journals and books in room 2303. Current journals are displayed near the door, while back issues are shelved. Current (paper) preprints are also displayed near the door for a few weeks, and then discarded. Suggestions for acquisitions are welcome, as are donations.

This library contains the following journals: Physics Reports, Review of Modern Physics, Nature, Physics Today, Science, Scientific American, and a miscellaneous collection of reference books. All other journals are available online. All of the materials may be taken freely from the Reading Room for copying and immediate return. Books and journals may be checked out for one day only, following the procedure outlined in the notices in the library.

Books are shelved according to call number (according to the US Library of Congress system). Books and journals may be borrowed under these guidelines:

  • Try to keep a book for no longer than one month.
  • Library books may not leave the building.
  • Fill out the information on the clipboard by the door.
  • Please do not reshelve books and journals. Simply place them on the cart or tables.

Online catalog of the KITP library

Papers Archive

In most fields of physics the Preprint Archive, created at Los Alamos, is the preferred means to distribute preprints.

The scientific work by KITP visitors and members is reported in the KITP papers archive.

UCSB Main Library

For extensive holdings of books and journals, you need to go to the UCSB Main Library, in the center of campus, a 5 minute walk from the KITP building. The Sciences-Engineering Library (SEL) is on the second floor of the older north wing in the Main Library. The people at the SEL Desk (east side 2nd floor near elevators) can help you find things. You check out books at the Loan Desk in the ground floor lobby; you must first obtain a library card by identifying yourself as a KITP member.

The UCSB Library houses its physics collection in the Sciences/Engineering section which is located on the second floor of the two-story portion of the building. Library cards are issued at the Library Circulation Desk near the west side entrance. Several card-activated copy machines are located on the second floor of the Library, and KITP members may obtain copy cards from the Visitors' Assistant in Room 1232.

Many journals are available as Electronic Journals. From any computer on campus, you can also access journals online through their own website under UCSB subscription privileges.

Latest paper journals are placed in racks (east side SEL), except for a few hot items such as Science and Nature which must be asked for at the SEL Desk. Books and bound journals are shelved in the stacks to your north, according to the Library of Congress system, so

  • QA1-QA999 Mathematics,
  • QB1-QB999 Astronomy,
  • QC1-QC999 Physics.

The library copy machines are money-operated; you can also buy a card for heavy use. Brochures about the many library services are available near the SEL Desk.

The catalog for the UCSB Main Library is online as Pegasus.

The Interlibrary Loan service is available for materials not present at UCSB. For instance, they can email you a copy of an obscure journal article.

The library catalog for the whole UC system is available online as Melvyl. Melvyl is more powerful, but Pegasus additionally knows whether UCSB books are on the shelf or checked out.

The KITP is located in Kohn Hall near the East Gate on the UCSB campus. You can find us on this campus map.  We are near the ocean in quadrant D6. We are not listed on the map's sidebar, but we are right next to Lot 10, and if you click on that area of the map, it will expand, and you will be able to see us. Here is another view that also shows the parking structure.


If you are looking for us in a larger context, here is a Google map of KITP (in Kohn Hall) and environs

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The Institute fax machine (805-893-2431) is in the mailroom, and is available for your use 24 hours a day. Any incoming faxes that you receive will be placed in your mailbox. A second fax machine (805-893-3378) is located in 1102. Faxes may be sent from this machine on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon and between 1:00 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. Please note that the staff does not consistently monitor this fax machine.

Sending and Receiving Mail

The mail room can be opened with your perimeter (black) key. Mail is received and sent out once each day at approximately 8:15 a.m. Fed Ex items usually are received and picked up throughout the day, but all requests for pickup must be phoned in before 3 p.m. Professional mail should bear the KITP return address and the name of the sender.

The University requests that personal mail, even though it is stamped, not be mailed through the campus mail, but rather be placed in a U.S. mailbox. There is a mailbox across the service road on the west side of the KITP by ENG I and the MRL and a U.S. Post Office downstairs at the University Center.

If you will need to have business mail forwarded to you, please use the following address:

Your Name

(Please note that we are not part of the Dept. of Physics)

Items sent by Fed Ex, UPS, etc., may also be shipped directly to us at Kohn Hall.

If you will need to have your personal mail forwarded to us during your stay please note that all mail that comes to the campus via the U.S. Postal Service is processed centrally. University Mail Services in turn will not deliver personal mail to the KITP. For your convenience, we now have a postal box for this purpose.

KITP - 12758
PO BOX 12758

Mail for your spouse or partner sent to this PO Box must be addressed as:

KITP - 12758
Spouse/Partner Name

c/o Your Name

PO BOX 12758

NOTE: You cannot have mail forwarded from this address back to you or you will end up will more KITP mail than you require! This PO Box is checked no more than twice a week, sometimes less often. We suggest that critical mail, such as credit card statements not be sent to this address.

Shipping home from KITP?

On Campus Dialing: To place a telephone call on the UCSB campus, dial the last four digits of the 7-digit number. This also works for the fax machine.

Off Campus Dialing: To place a call off campus, dial 9, then the 7-digit number. To place a long distance call, dial 9-1-area code, then the 7-digit number. For overseas calls, we ask that you use your personal phone or Skype. In the event of an exceptional need to place an overseas call from a KITP phone, the Institute may seek reimbursement. To dial direct overseas, dial 9-011-country code, then the local number.

Off Campus Fax Dialing: Do not forget to dial 9 before you enter the rest of your fax number!

Scanning can be done via the main copy machine which is located in the downstairs copy/print room (1018).