Information for Visitors

Archives and Special Collections is open by appointment 10-12 and walk-in 1-5 for in-person services. Please submit all questions and requests to SpecColl@ucdavis.edu or leave a message at (530) 752‑1621.

Schedule an appointment

  • Schedule an appointment HERE, Monday-Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm. There are four appointments available each morning.
  • Choose the date and time. Appointments must be made 48 business hours in advance of visit. You may schedule your appointment up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • You will receive an automatic confirmation email from the system. We will send an additional email with important details about your visit.
  • After you schedule your appointment, use Aeon, the Special Collections request system, to choose the items you want to use for your visit. Requests for materials must be made 48 business hours (or 7-9 days if stored at NRLF) in advance of your appointment. Prior to your visit check the Aeon status of your request; confirm the item(s) are onsite and available in the reading room.
  • If you need to cancel your appointment, email us at SpecColl@ucdavis.edu as soon as possible.
  • It may be necessary to reschedule or cancel your appointment due to operational limitations or other factors. We will notify you in such circumstances.

Visiting the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

  • Check-in with staff that you have arrived for your appointment. To enter the reading room, you will need:
  • Observe the floor signs and social distancing in the reading room when possible.
  • There may be a public computer available for use.
  • You will be able to request additional materials for same day use if they are stored onsite.

Visiting the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room

  • Use Aeon, the Special Collections request system, to choose the items you want to view during your visit, not all materials are stored onsite. You may check the Aeon status of your request to confirm the item(s) are onsite and available in the reading room.
  • Check-in with staff upon entering the reading room, you will need:
  • Observe the floor signs and social distancing in the reading room when possible.
  • There may be a public computer available for use.
  • You will be able to request materials for same day use if they are stored onsite.

Special Collections welcomes students, faculty, and members of the general public that follow our regular Reading Room rules. The information below provides website information regarding directions, travel, and accommodations.

Groups of four or more researchers should contact Special Collections to book a specific research appointment time.

Most collections are stored offsite and need to be retrieved for your research visit. To begin the request process, researchers should request boxes via the Special Collections Request System (Aeon) at least seven business days before visiting. Check your Aeon account to confirm that the item is ready for your use before visiting our Reading Room.

See our Access and Policies pages for further information about using the collections including instruction on proper care and handling of materials.

Traveling researchers should connect with us in advance in case there are changes to the schedule.

Archives and Special Collections is open for in-person services by appointment ONLY, Monday-Friday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

See more information above.


Contact Archives and Special Collections

email:
speccoll@ucdavis.edu

leave a message:
530-752-1621

By Car

  1. From I-80, exit at UC Davis.
  2. Turn right on Old Davis Road if you exit west bound. Turn left on Old Davis Road if you exit east bound. Continue past the Visitor Information Kiosk toward the parking structure.
  3. Turn right directly before the parking structure and continue into Visitor Parking Lot 1 or 2.
  4. Use the ParkMobile app to purchase a parking permit. More information is available on the Transportation Services website.
  5. Walk 2 blocks north to Shields Library. The Special Collections Department is on the first floor, to the left, as you enter the building.

By Train

The Davis Amtrak station is located 840 2nd Street.

  1. To reach Shields Library on foot, walk west on 2nd Street.
  2. At the intersection of 2nd and B Streets, take a left onto B Street.
  3. At the intersection of B and 1st Streets, take a right onto 1st Street.
  4. Continue walking on 1st Street as it enters the University campus. 1st Street turns into Peter J. Shields Ave. once it hits campus.
  5. Shields Library is located at the corner of Peter J. Shields Ave. and West Quad Avenue. The Special Collections Department is located on the first floor, to the left, as you enter the building.

Bus service from the Amtrak station to Shields Library is available via Unitrans. The A line services the Amtrak station and Shields Library.

For information about how to connect to the UC Davis Guest Wireless Access, see the Campus Wireless Access site.

Maps of the Area

Places to Stay in Davis

On campus accommodations are available at the Hyatt Place Hotel.

A variety of accommodations are available in the City of Davis. For more information, see the Yolo County Visitors Bureau

On Campus Food Options

Food on campus is available at the Coffee House, Silo Union, Gunrock Pub,

Local Davis Restaurants

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau website also lists Davis Restaurants.