Coronavirus: Library Resources and Services

The UC Davis Library is continuing to adapt its services in preparation for Fall Quarter, balancing the need to support gradually increasing on-campus activity with the health of our campus community and our employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about:

Library Plans for Fall Quarter
 Resources for Remote Teaching
 Student Support and Study Space – UPDATE: 24-Hour Study Room hours have been reduced to support compliance with face covering and other required health protocols; no food and drink (except water)

 How to Access Full-Text Journal Articles
 Book Access and Due DatesIncluding 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.

As of August 2020, subject to change if campus operating plans are revised. See the Library Coronavirus Policy for more details.


  • Shields Library will open on Thursday, September 24. Hours will be Monday through Thursday 8am to 8pm, Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday noon to 6pm. In-person services will be limited.
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library may remain closed (to be determined soon). 
  • Blaisdell Medical Library will remain accessible only to UC Davis Health badge holders. 
  • Building access to all library facilities will be limited to UC Davis employees and currently enrolled students. Users will swipe their campus ID or prove campus affiliation to enter. 
  • Building occupancy will be capped to correspond to the number of seats available in the building. When the building is full, a line will form outside the main entrance, with additional people admitted as others leave. 
  • Face coverings will be required at all times, in accordance with campus and other applicable public health mandates.
  • Seating in study spaces will be limited in most instances to one student per table (see posted signs) to support campus and public health guidelines around physical distancing (keep 6 feet/2 meters apart). 
  • Seating capacity will be cut dramatically; in Shields, the number of student study seats will be cut from 3,173 to approximately 1,000 (exact number TBD).
  • Fewer public computer workstations will be available.
  • Quiet, individual study only. 
  • Group study rooms will be closed.


  • Library collections will be available for use by students and employees via checkout and/or continuation of the temporary access to HathiTrust digital versions.  
  • The library will continue to offer to ship books and scan articles/chapters to enable all users to minimize their time on campus.


  • Research and clinical assistance will be available through Zoom, chat, phone and email.
  • Online instruction will be available for courses and campus groups.
  • In-person instruction and consultation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Course reserves materials will be provided in a digital format. Contact the library if you need assistance with providing digital versions of your course materials.
  • Self-checkout of books and other materials will be prioritized, although the Circulation Desk will be open for those needing assistance.
  • Many library employees will continue to work remotely, per campus guidance.

In our plans for reopening, 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 
  • Configure space and services to promote compliance with health and safety protocols and guidelines

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.

  • 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.

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

While most of Shields is closed, the
24-Hour Study Room remains open with limited hours: M-F 10am to 6pm, and closed on weekends. Face covering required; no food and drink (other than water). Registered students only. Enter through the doors on the Quad side of Shields Library. Due to physical 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 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 now be shipped to UC Davis faculty, students and employees, for as long as our library buildings remain closed. 

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) that is available only in print 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 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.

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.