Supporting research, teaching and learning in every discipline, the UC Davis Library is the academic heart of the university. It encompasses four main libraries: Peter J. Shields Library, Physical Sciences & Engineering Library, Carlson Health Sciences Library and Blaisdell Medical Library. The library holds 10 million items in its collections, sees more than 1.66 million visitors annually — 96 percent of whom are students — and is ranked among the top academic research libraries in North America.
The library’s highly regarded research and academic services support the students and faculty of UC Davis, the health care professionals of UC Davis Health and the citizens of California. The library is an integral partner in the teaching, research and academic mission of UC Davis — one of the top 10 public universities in the nation and home to internationally renowned programs in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences and veterinary medicine.
- The UC Davis Library receives 1.66 million visits each year.
- The library has over 10 million items in its collections available to UC Davis students, faculty and staff.
- The 1 millionth book to be purchased by the library was Emil Mrak’s oral history, Emil Mrak: A journey through three decades.
- 100 part-time student employees work at the library.
- The library has more than 300 pieces of art from its collections on public display.
- The Shields Main Reading Room was used as a training facility by the Army Signal Corp during WWII. Soldiers used the space to learn specialized instruction in radio and wire operation and repair.
- The Shields Library Courtyard is the site of the first commencement ceremony for a four-year degree at UC Davis.
- UC Davis students saved the library’s collection in 1938. They formed a human chain to move the collection from the library’s location in the Classroom Building, which was being condemned, to temporary quarters in the recreation building behind West Hall.