Coronavirus: Library Resources and Services

Library Updates: 

  • Shields Library is open.
  • 24-Hour Study Room is open.
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library is open.
  • Blaisdell Medical Library remains accessible to UC Davis Health badge holders only.
  • Check library hours for the latest information.
  • An APPROVED (green or purple) daily symptom survey is required to enter at all locations in accordance with current university policy.

Using the Library During COVID-19: FAQ

 Student Support and Study Space Approved (green or purple) daily symptom survey required. Face covering is strongly recommended regardless of vaccination status. 
 Teaching Resources
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 for more details.

What do I need to know before I visit?

  • Check library hours for the latest information.
  • Shields Library and the 24-Hour Study Room are open.
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library is open.
  • Blaisdell Medical Library remains accessible to UC Davis Health badge holders only.
  • Approved (green or purple) daily symptom survey required at all locations. 
  • Face covering is strongly recommended for everyone indoors. 

Will I be able to study at Shields Library?

  • Yes, see library hours for details.
  • Individual faculty and graduate student carrels can still be reserved, based on availability.

How do I get books and other materials?

  • Emergency temporary access to digital versions of UC-owned books in the HathiTrust Digital Library ended in September 2021. 
    • Books at Shields Library can be checked out in person, shipped to you, or picked up at the self-service hold shelf.
    • Books at Carlson Health Sciences Library can be checked out in person, shipped to you, or picked up at the circulation desk.
    • Books at Blaisdell Medical Library can be checked out in person by users with UC Davis Health badges, shipped to you, or picked up at a library location on the Davis campus.
    • Learn how to place a shipping request.
  • 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 or Elentra.

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

  • Research and clinical assistance: Available through Zoom, chat, phone and email. The library will continue to offer these virtual options in the fall, in addition to resuming in-person research assistance upon request.
  • Instructional support: Both online and in-person options are available, except during times when the campus may revert to remote-only courses due to COVID.
  • Archives and Special CollectionsOpen Mon-Fri from 1:00 to 5:00pm and by appointment from 10:00am to noon.

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

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

Library Hours

Need somewhere to study?

In all locations, face covering is strongly recommended, and an “approved” (green or purple) daily symptom survey is required.

Shields Library: Open

24-Hour Study Room: Open

Carlson Health Sciences Library: Open

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.

Healthy Study Space

graphic of open hands, palms up, with soap bubbles on topFace covering is strongly recommended indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Signs remind library users about other healthy practices like handwashing.

Hand sanitizer stations are available.

Computers, Printing and Scanning

Please bring your own computer. Only a few public computers are available.

Wireless printing locations:  Shields: Lower level, outside the IET Computer Room; Blaisdell: next to Blaisdell Room; Carlson: Main Level next to conference room 108).

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 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 Instruction

Find quick tips on what legal issues apply when using copyrighted materials for 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 offering a course that includes lab experiments, you also 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 you would like to use Archives and Special Collections as part of your curriculum, 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) and UC Davis Duo. Some vendors also support single sign-on, which allows you to access their journals, videos and other resources using your UC Davis Kerberos (CAS) Login ID and password instead of the VPN.

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.

The library is offering a number of ways to access books from our collections.

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

Digital Access to Our Books

The HathiTrust Digital Library responded to the pandemic 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 emergency expanded access ended as of September 13, 2021, as part of UC Davis’ preparation for a full return to campus.

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. 

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

Materials are not considered returned until received and checked in at the library. You can return library materials at any library location or via the remote book drops. If you don’t live near Davis or the Sacramento area, you can mail materials back at no cost to you. Contact for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.

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. (Some vendors also support single sign-on, which allows you to access their journals, videos and other resources using your UC Davis Kerberos (CAS) Login ID and password instead of the 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) and UC Davis Duo, in order to gain access to all your library has to offer.