Library Coronavirus Policy

Until the Davis campus returns to normal operations under Stage 4 of the Yolo County Roadmap to Recovery plan, this UC Davis Library Coronavirus Policy supersedes aspects of multiple policies collocated at Library Policies, including Abuse of Library Privileges, Carrells and Lockers Use Policies, Code of Conduct, Computer Use Policies, Food and Drink in the Library, Library Material Use Policies, Non-Affiliate Access to UC Davis Library Collections, and Study and Collaboration Room Reservation Policies

The Library Coronavirus Policy is grounded in several overarching principles, including:

  • Protect the health of library users and library 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

These policy items may be modified as needed during the public health emergency.

Access to library facilities is limited to UC Davis employees and currently enrolled students. To enter Shields Library, an APPROVED student/employee daily symptom survey result will serve as proof of campus affiliation. Users of Blaisdell Medical Library must use their UC Davis Health badge to enter.

Library users must also show the APPROVED results of their daily symptom survey before entering.

Campus public health and safety guidelines will be enforced at all times when entering, inside, and exiting library buildings, including but not limited to face covering, maintaining physical distancing (minimum of six feet/two meters), adhering to posted paths of travel, and following any other instructions provided by library or other campus employees or posted on library or campus websites, signs, or other notices. In case of conflicting information, library or other campus employees are responsible for determining applicability. 

Library furniture has been arranged to promote physical distancing, with seating situated to provide for at least six feet/two meters of space between users in all situations. Furniture may not be rearranged so as to breach physical distancing.

Consumption of food and drink (except water from covered containers) is prohibited. 

The entirety of all library facilities is designated “quiet study” only.

All group study rooms are closed.

Any library user who fails to comply with these guidelines will be reminded to do so and provided a face covering if needed. Library users who continue to fail to comply will be asked to leave the premises and escorted out if necessary, have their name recorded, and be prohibited from future access to library facilities. Additionally, non-compliant students will be referred to the student judicial process, and supervisors of non-compliant employees will be notified. Access privileges may only be restored following a hearing with a designated library employee; contact for information. 

Library or other campus employees may decline to provide service to users who are not complying with campus public health and safety guidelines. 

Library or designated campus employees are responsible for enforcing library policies. 

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