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About the JPL Library: Overview

Our Mission

The JPL Library (319F) enhances Lab-wide research and the exchange of knowledge by facilitating access to a dynamic collection of print and online resources, guiding JPLers in the research process through individual and group consultations, inspiring the JPL community through events and makerspace offerings, and cultivating an inspiring space that invites collaboration and innovation.

Our Work

Diagram of the Library's work


  • Evaluation & selection/de-selection
  • License Negotiation
  • Acquisition and subscription
  • Circulation, inter-library, & document deliveries
  • Usage tracking & analysis
  • Open access management


  • Library website and online catalog
  • JPL Open Repository
  • JPL Author’s Database
  • Authentication & access resolution
  • Integration among systems

Content Management

  • Taxonomies: create and integrate
  • Information organization for projects
  • Knowledge base support for missions
  • Search curation for JSearch

Research, Consultation, and Outreach

  • References
  • Bibliographies & literature searches
  • Author publishing support
  • Publication reports & citation analysis
  • Open science stewardship
  • Hub & physical space management


Meet the Library Team

Staff Role Email
Caroline Coward Library Group Supervisor Contact
Dudee Chiang Group Lead, Collections, Data, Research Contact
Christopher Dixon Library Systems Contact
Melissa Hansen Services Desk, Outreach, Bibliographies Contact
Taxonomy Team Taxonomy Services Contact
Sara Bond Data Governance, Information Architecture Contact
Beth Daruthayan Acquisitions, Interlibrary Loan Contact
Nien-Tung Sun Launch Approval Engineering Office librarian Contact



Throughout the Library's website, there are a lot of references to the term BEACON. What is the story behind it?

BEACON is an acronym for Bibliographic and Electronic Access CONnection. It is the name of the Library's first online catalog, which started back in the 1980's.  Over the years, the JPL Library has expanded the use of this name for related services: We have the BEACON Express system for requesting books and articles, the Library's website is the BEACON website, and the full name of the Hub (111-104) is the Hub at BEACON Information Commons.

Contact the JPL Library

For additional information about any JPL Library resources and services please contact us:

  1. Slack #help-library
  2. Email:
  3. Phone: 818-354-4200
  4. Visit Building 111, Room 104 (the HUB) at JPL: 24/7 access with badge