Help and How-To
Resources to help you find, evaluate and use information.
Explore what the library has to offer by taking a workshop or tour.
Contact librarians responsible for academic subject areas.
For UC Davis faculty, staff and graduate students outside the Davis/Sacramento area.
If you have a disability-related need, let us know how we can help.
The Shields Library provides 24-hour access to study space year-round, including expanded locations to accommodate peak study times (e.g. finals).
Get Library Materials
The basics: Get a library card. Borrow, renew, and return material. Recall items.
Borrow don't buy! Find your course materials at the library.
Get materials via Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery services.
See fees for reproduction requests for books, pamphlets, manuscripts, images, etc.; forms concerning personal camera use; and permission to use.
Use the library's VPN to access materials from off campus.
Suggest a book, journal or electronic resource for addition to the library.
Get help with assignments and explore new research areas.
Learn how to cite information and how to manage citations for your papers and projects.
Design and implement digital research exhibits, digital archives and research portals; explore text mining, analysis, and natural language processing; develop data visualizations; and receive instructional support.
Get assistance with organization, management, curation and preservation of research data.
Get help with numeric and structured social science data.
Find out about publisher agreements, discounts, funding opportunities and support.
Get information on copyright-related issues.
Request access to primary source materials and plan your research visit.
Preserve your hard-copy and born-digital research assets in the University Archives.
Request a library instruction class that introduces resources to your students.
Schedule a class or tour.
Set aside course textbooks and materials for student use.
Study Space, Classrooms and Equipment
Find and reserve private study and collaborative spaces.
Study 24/7/365 at Shields Library.
View and print from microforms.
Lockers, headphones, calculators... see what you can borrow besides books.