Additional study space for finals (registered students only).

Dates, Details and Other Coronavirus Library Resources

Coronavirus: Library Resources

The UC Davis Library is committed to doing all we can to support the health of our campus community, and to offer resources that support remote instruction and clinical care. This page describes the library’s response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, including:

 Using the Library’s VPN to Access Online Materials from Off-Campus
 Resources for Remote Teaching
 Student Support and Study Space – including additional study space during Finals Week

 How to Access Full-Text Journal Articles
 Book Access and Due Dates

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.

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.


Faculty and instructors teaching remote courses during the Spring Quarter 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.

  • Documentary films: Kanopy, an on-demand streaming video service, offers thousands of documentaries and a selection of Criterion Collection films.
    DocuSeek2 provides over 1600 additional documentaries. Latin America in Video provides nearly 500 titles with a focus on Latin America.
  • Theater: Theatre in Video contains performances of the world’s leading plays
  • Music: The Naxos Music Library includes over 2 million tracks, primarily classical music. Naxos Music Library: Jazz provides over 200,000 jazz tracks.
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.  

The library has a subscription to JoVE, so your access will continue beyond the June 15 date on the company’s website. 

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.

3D Anatomy & Physiology App (Spring 2020 Trial)

Visible Body an interactive 3D tool for the study and review of human anatomy and function. 

Try out this new resource through Spring 2020 (June 11, 2020). Send questions and feedback on whether the library should explore licensing this tool to

Research Help for Class Assignments

Librarians are available remotely to assist you with library research for class assignments. For one-on-one research help:

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?

While most of Shields is closed, the
24-Hour Study Room remains open.

The Main Reading Room Plus will be open noon to 8pm on June 5-11. Registered students only. Enter through the 24-Hour Study Room doors on the Quad side of Shields Library. Due to social distancing, space is limited; first-come, first-served.

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

Carlson Health Sciences Library is closed.

Healthy Study Space

The library has posted signs on all study tables encouraging students to wear face coverings and sit six feet apart, per public health guidance. We have also posted signs in all restrooms reminding patrons about the importance of proper handwashing.

The number of hand sanitizer stations has also been increased.

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.

While Shields and Carlson Health Sciences Libraries are closed, the library is offering a number of ways to access books from our collections.

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, for as long as our library buildings remain closed.

This online access includes nearly half the books in our collections, plus most 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.

National Emergency Library

If the e-book you need is not available from HathiTrust, you may be able to find it through the National Emergency Library, which the Internet Archive has made available through June 30, 2020 or the end of the U.S. national emergency, whichever is later.

You may also wish to search your public library or the publisher’s website; many have opened their collections and backfiles during the crisis, as well.

And, don’t forget to search the library catalog. We are buying digital versions of many of our highest use books, so even if we did not have an e-book before, we may now! (To learn how to find e-books through our catalog, watch this 3-minute video.)

Book Due Dates

If you already have books checked out, due dates are being extended indefinitely. If you are in the Davis area and would like to return materials, you can deposit returns via the remote book drops. Materials may also be mailed to the library. 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.