Coronavirus: Library Resources and Services

All UC Davis Library buildings are open. Many library resources and services are also available online. Learn more about:

Plans for Fall 2021 

Using the Library During COVID-19: FAQ

 Student Support and Study Space Approved daily symptom survey required. Face covering required for everyone. No food permitted indoors; face covering may be momentarily removed to drink.
 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 library@ucdavis.edu 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 plans for fall 2021 for more details.

What do I need to know before I visit?

  • Shields Library and Carlson Health Sciences Library are open. Blaisdell Medical Library remains accessible to UC Davis Health badge holders only. Check Library Hours for the latest information.
  • Approved daily symptom survey required at all locations. 
  • Face covering is required for everyone indoors. 
  • No food is permitted indoors. Face covering may be removed momentarily to drink.

Will I be able to study at Shields Library?

  • Yes, during regular library hours.
  • 24-Hour Study Room is open.
  • 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 has ended. All print books and other physical materials in the library’s circulating collection are available for checkout.
    • Books at Shields Library and the Carlson Health Sciences Library can be checked out in person, shipped to you, or picked up at either the self-service hold shelf at Shields or the Carlson Health Sciences Library.
    • 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 Shields or Carlson Health Sciences Library.
    • 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 now available to the Blaisdell Medical Library community. Online instruction available only through Summer Session on the Davis campus; in-person instruction by request will resume at the start of the fall term.
  • Archives and Special CollectionsOpen by appointment only, Tue-Fri, 1:30 to 4:30pm.
  • Library employees returned to work on campus in September, per campus guidance.

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?

Shields Library and Carlson Health Sciences Library: Open. Face covering and “approved” (green or purple) daily symptom survey required.

24-Hour Study Room: Open.

Blaisdell Medical Library: Open 24/7, via badge access, to members of the UC Davis Health community only. Face covering and “approved” (green or purple) daily symptom survey required. All services open online; contact bmlref@ucdavis.edu for assistance.

Healthy Study Space

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

No food is permitted indoors. Face coverings may be removed momentarily to drink.

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 RoomCarlson: 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 coursereserves@ucdavis.edu.

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 libcollections@ucdavis.edu.

For help linking a new electronic book to your online reading list in Canvas, contact coursereserves@ucdavis.edu.

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 libraryinstruction@ucdavis.edu 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 mladisch@ucdavis.edu.

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 speccoll@ucdavis.edu 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
shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu 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 shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu or leave us a message at (530) 752-2251.

Book Due Dates

Automatic and unlimited renewals will end in October for all patrons, except faculty and staff. Patrons with active loans will be notified about return dates by email. 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 shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu for additional instructions and to receive a postage-paid mailing label.

Questions about your library account? Please email us at shieldscirc@ucdavis.edu 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.

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