The UC Davis Library is proud to facilitate access to books, articles, and other resources held locally or at any library worldwide. Find out how to get started.
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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||Log in to your Canvas course site and view your Reading List or Search Course Reserves from the library home page. If you don’t see a list for your class, ask your professor or teaching assistant to submit one or let library staff know.|
|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.|
|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.
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, material type, and the location of the collection. Generally speaking, Faculty and Staff may borrow most materials for up to 1-year, Graduate Students for up to 1-quarter, and all others for up to 4-weeks. 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. Therefore, 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 as necessary.
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; if the actual existing due date is already less than one week away, material must be returned by that date. Users who do not return recalled materials on time will be fined and 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.