Services for Patrons at Remote Sites

COVID-19 Update

Shipping service: Remote users may now request material owned by UC Davis be shipped directly to an off-campus mailing address.

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. If you’re in the local area you may return material in the book drops located at any of our library locations (excluding the Law Library) or remote book drops. If not local, email shieldsinterloan@ucdavis.edu 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.

A note regarding Interlibrary Loan: Due to the current public health emergency, most libraries worldwide are closed or have limited operations. As a result, physical delivery of interlibrary loan materials has stopped, including materials held at UC’s Northern Regional Library Facility. However, it is still possible to request articles and book chapters via interlibrary loan/document delivery service for digital delivery.

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


Services are available for UC Davis faculty, staff, and graduate students who are working at sites outside the Davis/Sacramento area, and who cannot reasonably be expected to come to the UC Davis Library to access resources needed for university research and teaching.  These services are provided free of charge.

Remote users will have online access to the UC Davis Library’s electronic resources.  Authentication via the Library VPN is necessary.

Articles and chapters that are not available online should be requested online.  Requests will be filled from via UC Davis Library campus Document Delivery or Interlibrary Service as necessary.  In most instances, these requests will be filled via an electronic copy of the article or chapter.

Request books and other physical materials (ex., microform, DVDs, etc.) online, being certain to add “REMOTE USER” to the Notes field.  Requests will be filled from via UC Davis Library campus Document Delivery or Interlibrary Service as necessary and will be shipped to your research site or program office at library expense.  All such materials must be returned to the UC Davis Library that mailed them. Users agree to return these items at their own expense using a tracked mailing service (Ex., UPS, FedEx). Returns must be adequately packaged to ensure no in-transit damage. The library assumes no responsibility for “lost items” not returned by a tracked mailing service.

Loan periods vary but are the same as those for campus users with the same job title. Materials with loan periods less than 2 weeks and non-circulating materials cannot be loaned.

All materials are subject to immediate recall. Recalled materials must be returned by a priority mailing service so that they are received at the circulating unit by the recall due date to avoid billing and suspension of privileges. All remote users must have an email address to receive notices.

A valid library account must be established for each remote user. Contact library staff listed below to verify eligibility and apply for a library account.

Bodega Marine Laboratory Molly Engelbrecht chlbml@ucdavis.edu
All Other Remote Sites Bonnie Hain-Anderson blhainanderson@ucdavis.edu