Library staff are available to help you begin your research and to assist with class assignments, and research papers and projects. Get started at our Information Desk, get help via email or live chat,  or consult with a subject librarian.  

Need more expert help?  Visit the library to get in-person research assistance.  Subject librarians are available to help you to find information sources for class assignments, term papers and advanced research projects. 

Research consults are available at these locations. Library floor maps are linked to the location name.  The research consult desk on the 2nd floor of Shields Library is staffed by librarians who specialize in the arts & humanities, social sciences and government information.  Drop by, no appointment needed. Science and engineering librarians are available on the 3rd floor of Shields Library by appointment. You can also find physical sciences and engineering, health and medical librarians at their respective libraries.

Shields Library
2nd Floor
Monday-Friday
9 am – 5 pm
researchservices@ucdavis.edu (530) 752-9862
Shields Library, 3rd Floor Appointments recommended researchservices@ucdavis.edu (530) 752-9862
Physical Sciences & Engineering Library Monday-Friday
1 pm – 5 pm
pse@ucdavis.edu (530) 752‑5511
Carlson Health Sciences Library Monday – Friday
9 am – 5pm
Appointments recommended
hslref@ucdavis.edu (530) 752‑7042
Blaisdell Medical Library Monday – Friday
9am – 5pm
Appointments recommended
bmlref@ucdavis.edu (916) 734‑3529

Submit a quick question using our form. Questions will be acknowledged or answered within one working day.

Ask a question 24/7 through our chat research support service. Your question may be responded to by a librarian from another university, but a UC Davis librarian will follow up with additional information if needed.

Chat with a health sciences librarian during the day for assistance with biomedical, medical, public health or veterinary informational questions.

Aerospace Engineering Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
African American & African Studies David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Agricultural and Resource Economics Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
American Studies Program David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Animal Science Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Anthropology David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Art and Art History Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Asian American Studies David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Atmospheric Science Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Automotive Engineering Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
Avian Sciences Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Biological and Agricultural Engineering Cory Craig (530) 752‑0347
Biomedical Engineering Cory Craig (530) 752‑0347
Bodega Marine Laboratory Molly Engelbrecht
California National Primate Research Center Deanna Johnson (530) 752-3271
Chemical Engineering Cory Craig (530) 752‑0347
Chemistry Cory Craig (530) 752‑0347
Chicana/o Studies Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Cinema and Digital Media Program Roberto Delgadillo (530)752‑8266
Civil and Environmental Engineering Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
Classics Program Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Clinical & Translational Science Center Amy Studer (916) 734‑0206
Communication David Michalski (530) 752-2086
Community and Regional Development David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Comparative Literature Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Computer Science Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
Cultural Studies David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Design Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Earth and Planetary Sciences Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
East Asian Languages and Cultures Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
East Asian Studies Program Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Economics Adam Siegel (530)754-6828
Education, School of Melissa Browne (530) 754‑5962
Electrical & Computer Engineering Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
English Language and Literature Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Entomology and Nematology Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Environmental Engineering Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
Environmental Science and Policy Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Environmental Toxicology Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Evolution and Ecology Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Food Science & Technology Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Forensic Science Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
French & Italian Language and Literature Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Geography David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
German & Russian Language and Literature Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Hemispheric Institute of the Americas Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
History Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Human Development & Family Studies David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Hydrologic Sciences Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Institute of Transportation Studies Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Deeana Johnson (530) 752-3271
International Nutrition Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Jewish Studies Program Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Land, Air & Water Resources Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Linguistics Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Management, Graduate School of Adam Siegel (530)754-6828
Materials Science Cory Craig (530) 752‑0347
Mathematics Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
Medicine, School of Amy Studer (916) 734‑0206
Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Middle East/South Asia Studies Program (ME/SA) Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Military Science Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Molecular and Cellular Biology Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Music Michael Colby (530) 752‑0931
Native American Studies Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Natural Sciences (530) 752‑0459
Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883
Nursing, School of Bruce Abbott (916) 734‑3529
Nutrition Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Performance Studies Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Philosophy Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Physical Education Program Matthew Conner (530) 754‑7348
Physics Jennifer Harbster (530) 752‑3208
Plant Biology Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Plant Pathology Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Plant Sciences Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Political Science Roberto Delgadillo (530)752‑8266
Psychology Melissa Browne (530) 754‑5962
Public Health Sciences Amy Studer (916)734-0206
Religious Studies Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Science, General Melissa Browne (530) 754‑5962
Science and Technology Studies Program Daniel Goldstein (530) 752‑2040
Sociology David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Soils & Biogeochemistry Alesia McManus (530) 752‑4485
Spanish & Portuguese Literature and Languages Roberto Delgadillo (530) 752‑8266
Statistics Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
Textiles and Clothing David Michalski (530) 752‑2086
Theater/Dance Adam Siegel (530) 754‑6828
Transportation Studies Melinda Livas (530) 752‑5248
University Writing Program (UWP) Matthew Conner (530) 754‑7348
Veterinary Medicine, School of Deanna Johnson (530) 752‑3271
Viticulture & Enology Axel Borg (530) 752‑6176
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology Ruth Gustafson (530) 752‑1883

Get oriented to the library. Stop by to get directions, a quick book look up, and other general assistance from a friendly UC Davis student. Information desk students also make referrals to librarians for expert research assistance.  The Information Desk is located on the 1st floor of the Peter J. Shields Library.   Hours are Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm. The Information Desk may be reached at 530-752-9862.Shields Library Information Desk