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Physical and digital material in the Library’s collection Check Library Search for holdings and access options. If you are off-campus, you must log into the VPN to access digital material.
Material in Course Reserves Check Course Reserves Search for holdings and access options. Professors and teaching assistants must submit requests for items to be placed upon Course Reserves.
Materials in Special Collections Visit Special Collections to access rare books, pamphlets, maps, primary sources, photographs, University Archives, and manuscripts from individuals, families, and organizations.
Materials in the Map Collection Visit the Map Collection for print and electronic maps, aerial photographs, and a supporting collection of guides, gazetteers and atlases.
Scans of articles and book chapters Submit a Document Delivery request for material in the Library’s collection. This service is free for UC Davis Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students.  This is a paid service for all other users.
Anything that is not in the Library’s collection Submit an Interlibrary Loan request. This is a free service available for all UC Davis affiliates.

To learn more about library policies, view our Library Policies that are accessible via the footer on every UC Davis Library web page.

Currently registered UCD students automatically have library privileges with no activation needed. Current UCD faculty, staff, and Health Sciences residents may activate their privileges online.  All others may apply in-person at Shields Library, the Carlson Health Sciences Library, the Blaisdell Medical Library, or the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library. Individuals must present a current government-issued photo ID and verification of status or payment (cash or check only) when registering. Renewal of library privileges may be requested in person, by email or by phone.

UC Davis faculty and students are eligible to receive free library borrowing privileges at any UC campus or CSUS.  A student ID card and proof of current registration must be shown when applying at one of these other campuses. UC Davis faculty and graduate students are also eligible for library borrowing privileges at Stanford (excludes Lane Medical Library); users must apply for these privileges at a UC Davis Library location.

Library privileges are not transferable. Only the individual named on the library card can use the card.  Authorization cards, which allow borrowing by proxy, may be issued to Davis Campus faculty and disabled staff and students.

Proxy cards may be issued to UCD students and staff who are doing research on behalf of a UCD faculty member. Disabled staff members and students are also eligible to have a proxy. The faculty member or disabled user is the “Sponsor” while the individual acting on their behalf is the “Proxy.”

Faculty may have up to four Proxies on record.  Disabled users may have one Proxy on record.

A signed Proxy application is required for all new Proxy accounts.  The Sponsor is responsible for notifying the library when a Proxy is no longer working on their behalf.

The Sponsor is responsible for all materials checked out by a Proxy and for responding to recalls, overdue notices and replacement bills.

Users with a valid library or proxy card may borrow most UC Davis Library items that aren’t a part of Special Collections, Reference, or another protected collection. Loan periods will vary depending upon user status and material type. All library items are subject to immediate recall; please read the Recall section for more information.

Most users may renew materials that are on loan an unlimited number of times, up to a maximum loan period of one year. Users may renew library materials, assuming that the user’s library account remains in good standing, the materials have not been requested by another user or department, and that the materials have not reached the maximum loan period.

With the exception of Reserves materials, users may return library materials at any library location or remote drop box. Materials returned to a remote drop box may take several additional days to be received by the library.  Users may also return materials by a mail service that provides tracking (ex., UPS, FedEx). The UC Davis Library does not assume any risk for materials returned by mail or returned to another UC campus. Materials are not considered returned until received and checked in at a UC Davis Library location. Materials not received by their due date may be subject to billing; user privileges may be suspended if materials are not returned on time.

To maximize access to resources, all materials are subject to immediate recall if needed by another user or library unit. UC students, faculty and staff may recall materials that are checked out to another user.

Recalled material must be returned within one week. Users who do not return recalled materials on time will have all library privileges suspended until the material is returned or the replacement bill is paid in full.

Recall notifications are sent by email. Material must be returned by the date given on the recall notice regardless of the original due date.

Users who will be away from their mailing address for a week or more are advised to return library materials or make arrangements to ensure their prompt return if recalled.

UC students, faculty and staff may also request items that are available on the shelf for pick-up at another library location.  For example, an item on the shelf at Shields Library may be requested for pick-up at the Blaisdell Medical Library in Sacramento.  These items will generally be available for pick-up within 2-3 business days.

Main Circulation (530) 752‑8792
Billing (530) 752‑1204
Item Renewals (530) 752‑9850
Main Campus ILL (530) 752‑2251
Health Sciences ILL (530) 752‑6379