Services for Patrons with Disabilities

COVID-19 Update

Disabled users may still request that material be paged from the stacks. Due to current staffing levels, it may take 1-2 business days for this to happen. Paged material may be shipped directly to an off-campus mailing address or placed on the new contactless Hold Shelf located in the lobby of Shields Library.

Returning books: The library has suspended recalls and is indefinitely extending due dates. However, if you no longer need the material checked out to you, please return it so that others may also use it. You may return material in the book drops located at any of our library locations (excluding the Law Library) or remote book drops. If preferred, email and we will email you a postage-paid shipping label so that you may return the material to the library at no cost to you.

Public computers: Most public computers have been removed from service.

Scanning: The multi-function devices that allow you to scan, copy, and print have also been removed from service. If you would like something scanned, please submit a Document Delivery request. Most requests are filled in 1-2 business days. Alternatively, most smart devices have cameras suitable for scanning.

Printing: If you need to print a document, the IET Computer Lab located in Shields Library has stationed printers outside of the lab for wireless printing.

For more information about library buildings and services during this public health crisis, please see Coronavirus: Library Resources and Services.

The UC Davis Library is committed to providing equal access to disabled users as articulated in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Users with disability-related needs are encouraged to request accommodations.


Reference staff is available during normal business hours to provide the following assistance.  However, we encourage users to make prior arrangements for assistance; periods of heavy use or light staffing at the library may impact how effectively staff may assist users.

  • Using of library computers, catalogs, literature indexes, microform readers, or other equipment
  • Calling another unit to see if an item is available or to ask a reference question.
  • Printing and emailing
  • Instruct or orient an individual or group, upon request and with reasonable lead time, to library resources
  • Submitting Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, Course Reserves, or search requests
  • Scheduling appointments for extended reference service
  • Circulation Services staff is available to assist in the absence of Reference staff, as staffing levels and expertise permit

Access Services staff is available during normal business hours to provide the following assistance. However, we encourage users to make prior arrangements for assistance; periods of heavy use or light staffing at the library may impact how effectively staff may assist users.

  • Retrieving books or periodicals from the stacks
    • Five items will be paged while the patron is present (generally within 15 minutes)
    • Up to 25 items will be paged within 24-48 hours. Requests must be placed in person unless registered for the Campus Document Delivery Service as a disabled person
  • Photocopying or scanning of materials at established Document Delivery Service rates. Alternatively, users may bring an assistant to use the library’s public photocopiers or contract with an information vendor
  • Providing a proxy card or modifying lending rules, as appropriate for the user’s disability-related circumstances.
  • Sending materials to another library location; non-circulating items requested via the Document Delivery Service (DDS) are subject to DDS fees.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. Eligible UC Davis users can receive special, full text access to in-copyright materials in HathiTrust.

In order to take advantage of this service, please contact the UC Davis Student Disability Center (students) or Disability Management Services (faculty and staff).

Specialized equipment designed to assist users with disabilities is available at different UC Davis Library locations.

  • Windows software that magnifies computer images is installed on computers designated for low vision users in the Carlson Health Sciences Library, the Blaisdell Medical Library, and Shields Library.
  • A video magnifier is available in the Shields Library, the Carlson Health Sciences Library, and the Blaisdell Medical Library.
  • A Disability Access terminal for accessing UC Davis email accounts is available in the Shields Library reading room located behind the Information Desk on the first floor.
  • Proximity readers are available to UC Davis students to allow access to the 24-Hour Study Room. Inquire at the Circulation Desk.

Center for Accessible Technologies

The Center for Accessible Technologies (CAT) houses electronic resources for faculty, students, and staff with disabilities in a centralized location in room 163 Shields Library.

Resources available at the CAT include a variety of state-of-the-art accessible hardware (e.g., large-screen adjustable height monitors, specialized input devices), software (e.g., screen reading, dictation software), and furnishings (e.g. adjustable chairs, tables). The CAT will also serve as a venue where all our faculty and staff can become informed about electronic accessibility issues and strategies for providing greater access to the University’s electronic environment.

The CAT is the result of a collaborative effort between IET (Academic Technology Services Department), Student Affairs (the Student Disabilities Center), the UC Davis Library, Environmental Health and Safety (Ergonomics), and Human Resources.

For further info or to set up an appointment with an accessible technology specialist, please contact:

More information on resources available to disabled students, and to the faculty and staff serving them can be found at the Student Disability Center. Qualifying UC Davis students can receive accommodations to assist with library research. Contact the campus Student Disability Center at (530) 752‑3184 (voice) or (530) 752‑6833 (TTY) to inquire about this program.

Disability Issues Special Collection, sponsored by the Forum on Disability Issues (FDI), is housed within the Women’s Resources and Research Center Library in North Hall. Faculty, staff, and students may borrow from this community resource.

Research Services (530) 752-1125
Circulation Services (530) 752-8792