Coronavirus: Library Resources and Services

The UC Davis Library is here to support you, and we continue to offer a wide range of services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including in-person, virtual and online resources. Learn more about:

Plans for Summer and Fall 2021 NEW

Using the Library During COVID-19: FAQ
 Student Support and Study Space Face covering and approved daily symptom survey are required. 

 Resources for Remote Teaching
How to Access Full-Text Journal Articles
› Book Access and Due Dates – Including shipping and scanning of print materials.
Using the Library’s VPN to Access Online Materials from Off-Campus

Contact Us

There are specific contacts listed in the sections below, but if you are unsure who to contact, email and the appropriate person will get back to you. If you do not have email access, you may leave a voicemail at (530) 752-2110 and someone will respond as soon as possible.

This information is subject to change if campus operating plans are revised. See the Library Coronavirus Policy and Reopening Plan for more details.

What do I need to know before I visit?

  • Shields Library is open for UC Davis students, faculty and staff only. Blaisdell Medical Library remains accessible to UC Davis Health badge holders only. All other facilities currently closed. Check Library Hours for the latest information.
  • You may need to wait in line to enter Shields. Building occupancy is capped at 750 (25% of normal) based on the number of seats available in the building. Check the Hours section of our homepage to see if space is currently available.
  • Student/employee daily symptom survey required. Users must show their “approved” symptom survey result to enter. Shields Library is open only to UC Davis students and employees; your student/employee symptom survey serves as your proof of campus affiliation.
  • Face covering required at all times.
  • No food and drink other than water in a closed container.

Will I be able to study at Shields Library?

  • Seating capacity has been cut dramatically; in Shields, the number of student study seats has been reduced from 3,173 to approximately 750.
  • Seating in study spaces is limited to one student per table in most instances (see posted signs) to support campus and public health guidelines around physical distancing (keep 6 feet/2 meters apart).
  • Quiet, individual study only. Group study rooms are closed.
  • 24-Hour Study Room is closed.
  • Individual faculty and graduate student carrels can still be reserved, based on availability.

How do I get books and other materials?

  • About half the library’s print books are available online via the HathiTrust Digital Library. Links in the library catalog lead to the digital versions. To comply with copyright, you must use the digital version; these print books cannot be checked out.
  • Books not available online via HathiTrust can be checked out, shipped or picked up on the new self-service hold shelf at Shields. Use the shipping request for books from Carlson Health Sciences, Blaisdell Medical and former Physical Sciences and Engineering library collections. Books are quarantined between users.
  • Scanning of articles and book chapters is also available upon request.
  • Course reserves: Digital only. Instructors, please contact us if you need assistance providing course materials through Canvas.
  • Interlibrary loan: Requesting physical materials is currently limited. Digital delivery of articles and scanned materials remains available.
  • New library accounts will not be issued to those who are not current UC Davis students, faculty or staff.

How can I get help with research, teaching or clinical questions?

Can I use a library computer, printer, scanner or other equipment?

  • Only a few public computers are available.
  • Wireless printing is available outside the IET Computer Lab on the first floor of Shields Library.
  • Scanners are not publicly available. If you would like something scanned, we can help; please allow 1-2 business days.
  • No equipment loans, including chargers, headphones, calculators, and whiteboards.

Throughout the pandemic, our priorities are to:

  • Protect the health of library users and employees
  • Rely on campus guidelines to minimize the transmission and spread of virus and disease 
  • Support both those who are on campus and those working or studying remotely
  • Provide access to both electronic and physical library collections to the maximum extent possible, for the greatest number of users, in each phase of campus operation
  • Configure space and services to promote compliance with health and safety protocols and guidelines
Research Help for Class Assignments

Librarians are available remotely to assist you with library research for class assignments.

For one-on-one research help, make a virtual appointment with a librarian, or drop in via Zoom on Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.

Or check out our Subject Guides and
Course Guides to get started on your own.

Library Hours

Need wi-fi for an online class, or somewhere to study?

Shields Library is now open with shorter hours. Face covering and “approved” daily symptom survey required. No food or drink (other than water in a closed container.) Due to physical distancing, space is limited; you may need to wait in line to enter.

24-Hour Study Room: Closed.

Blaisdell Medical Library: Open 24/7, via badge access, to members of the UC Davis Health community only. All services open online; contact for assistance.

Carlson Health Sciences Library:

Healthy Study Space

Seating limited to one person per table in most instances to support campus and public health guidelines around physical distancing (keep 6 feet/2 meters apart).

Quiet, individual study only. Group study rooms are closed.

Signs remind library users about face coverings, physical distancing and handwashing.

Hand sanitizer stations are available.

Computers, Printing and Scanning

Please bring your own computer. Only a few public computers are available. The IET Computer Lab is closed.

Wireless printing is available outside the IET Computer Lab on the first floor of Shields.

Scanning: Scanner/copiers have also been removed from service. If you would like something scanned, please submit a Document Delivery request
(allow 1-2 business days).

Faculty and instructors teaching remote courses may find the following resources useful. Please do not hesitate to contact the librarians in our Student Services Department for instructional support, as well.

Reading Lists and Online Course Materials in Canvas

When you create an online reading list for your course in Canvas, the library will automatically link to all content available electronically so your students can access those materials online directly from Canvas.

If your course usually leverages print materials, contact us for assistance with digital versions.

Need help? Email us at

Online Books for Your Courses

To request new electronic books, or an increased number of users for current online resources that will be part of your course, email

For help linking a new electronic book to your online reading list in Canvas, contact

Request Librarian-Led Instruction

Our librarians can help you design class assignments, or we can meet with your class via Zoom to help students navigate, discover, and critically evaluate information resources.

To request asynchronous or synchronous instruction for your class, or discuss what online resources are available to assist your students in a research assignment, email or use our instruction request form.

Copyright Guidance for Remote Instruction

Find quick tips on what legal issues apply when using copyrighted materials for remote instruction.

Also, read UC Davis’ guidance on instructor copyright to course materials that you create during the COVID-19 crisis.

Questions? Contact Michael Ladisch, Scholarly Communications Officer, at

Video or Music for Courses

Using films or music in your course? Although short clips may be acceptable under Fair Use (see our tips on copyright), full-length media is also available to you and your students by using the library’s VPN.

Lab Experiments: Video Options

If you are virtualizing a course that ordinarily includes lab experiments, you may be able to leverage JoVE’s collection of peer-reviewed scientific videos to engage students in learning fundamental research techniques and methods. Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer-reviewed, PubMed-indexed journal of scientific experiment videos devoted to biological, medical, chemical and physical research.

If JoVE doesn’t have videos that cover the experiments you want to include, you may already be aware that you can also record experiments yourself and make them available to students by hosting them in Kaltura and linking to them from the course in Canvas.  

Watch this 5-minute video to learn how to search JoVE.

Remote Instruction in Archives and Special Collections

If using Archives and Special Collections is typically part of your curriculum, your students this quarter don’t have to miss out!

Contact us at or leave a message at (530) 752‑1621 to discuss options including remote reference assistance, incorporating digital facsimiles or a virtual class.

To search many library databases and access online content in the library catalog, you need to login through the library VPN client Pulse Secure using your UC Davis LoginID (the same login you use for the campus Central Authentication Service, or CAS).

Browse Journals on Any Device

Browse scholarly journals available from the UC Davis Library on your tablet, iPhone or online in an easily format, with seamless synchronization across devices.

Request Articles via Interlibrary Loan

If you are asked to pay for a journal article (including from Elsevier journals/ScienceDirect)
— and have already tried to access it while on campus or authenticated through the library VPN — you can request a free copy through interlibrary loan.

This also applies to journals typically only available in print. The library is processing these article requests seven days a week.

If you need an article urgently, for example due to a patient-care need or grant deadline, denote that in the “Notes” field of the request.

Need help? See our quick guide to learn more about interlibrary loan, email or leave
us a message at (530) 752-2251.

Emergency Free Online Content

Many publishers are temporarily making some or all of their content freely available online during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, you may find certain e-books, articles and video content available just by clicking, whether or not UC Davis is a subscriber.

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) are maintaining a list of these offers.

The library is offering a number of ways to access books from our collections. Print books and other physical materials are quarantined for seven days between users.

Please use the shipping service to request books from Carlson Health Sciences Library, Blaisdell Medical Library, and those formerly held at the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library.

Digital Access to Our Books

The HathiTrust Digital Library is responding to the current emergency by providing members of our campus community with temporary access to books in their digital library that are also in the UC Libraries’ physical collections, including those still under copyright.

This online access includes nearly half the books in our collections, plus many books held at other UC campus libraries.

For access, click LOG IN on the HathiTrust website and select “University of California, Davis.”  

Need help getting started? Watch this 4-minute how-to video.

Shipping Service

Books, musical scores and book-like materials from any of our library locations can be shipped to UC Davis faculty, students and employees. 

Exception: Materials available via the HathiTrust Digital Library will be provided electronically.

To request delivery, simply login using your UC Davis credentials when searching the library catalog, click Request, and input your mailing address. Click below for more details, instructions and FAQs.

Scanning Service

If you just need a section of a book (e.g., chapter, table of contents) held at Shields or Carlson Health Sciences libraries, the library can scan it and email you a PDF. 

Search for what you need in the library catalog and use the Interlibrary Request link to submit your request. The library will typically be able to send you a PDF within 1-2 business days. 

If you need help requesting a scanned copy please email us at or leave us a message at (530) 752-2251.

Book Due Dates

If you already have books checked out, due dates are being extended indefinitely. If you are in the area and would like to return materials, you can deposit returns via the remote book drops or at Shields or Blaisdell Medical Library. Materials may also be mailed back at no cost to you. Contact for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.

If you have any questions about your library account, please email us at or leave us a message at (530) 752-8792.

The library offers a vast digital collection of journals, library databases, e-books, streaming videos and music, which are available to you from anywhere. But to get to most of these materials from off-campus, you must first login using the library’s VPN. 

These step-by-step instructions will help you download and use Pulse Secure, an app through which you can authenticate as a member of the UC Davis community using your UC Davis LoginID and password (also known as your CAS, or Kerberos, login), in order to gain access to all your library has to offer.