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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

 How to Access Full-Text Journal Articles
 Access to Books and Archival Collections

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.

Troubleshooting: Start by checking these Library VPN Questions & Known Issues. If you are on the VPN but unable to access a licensed library resource, try clearing your browser cache/cookies before starting the VPN client.

Other questions? Submit a Technical Support Request.

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. For more information, click below.

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 documentary of documentary 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
  • Scientific videos: JoVE provides peer-reviewed scientific videos
  • Music: The Naxos Music Library includes a vast, over 2 million tracks, online collection of primarily classical music. Naxos Music Library: Jazz provides over 200,000 jazz tracks.
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 our archives instruction and outreach librarian to discuss options for 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.

Make a virtual appointment with a librarian for one-on-one research help, or check out our Subject Guides
and Course Guides to get started.

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.

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 group study area tables encouraging students to 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 Paywalled Articles via Interlibrary Loan

If you hit a paywall in trying to access a full-text 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. The library continues to process these article requests seven days a week.

Need help requesting? See our quick guide to learn more about interlibrary loan.

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 and archival materials from our collections.

Scanning Services: For Collections at Shields and Carlson

If you only need a section of a book (e.g., chapter, table of contents), or an article from a journal 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. 

Need help? For assistance requesting a scanned copy, please email us at or leave us a message at (530) 752-2251.   

For Archives and Special Collections materials:
Contact or leave a message at (530) 752‑1621. Options include remote reference assistance and selective digitization of materials. Staff access to collections and resources is limited, so response times may vary. Learn more. 

National Emergency Library

The Internet Archive has announced unlimited public access to all content under the National Emergency Library initiative, with access available through June 30, 2020 or the end of the declared US national emergency, whichever is later.

By allowing users to borrow its digital books without joining a waitlist, the Internet Archive aims to help students access assigned readings and library materials for the remainder of the academic year.

Book Due Dates

If you already have books checked out, due dates are currently extended through April 10, 2020. Additional extensions will be made as needed.

If your library account expires before April 10, 2020 or you receive a recall for materials borrowed via interlibrary loan, please contact us during library open hours at 530-752-8792 or email us at