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What’s in Print, What’s Online and What’s Changed: How to Get Library Materials this Fall

The UC Davis Library launched several new options during the pandemic to help faculty and students access library materials remotely, including new digital services, a book shipping service and a contact-free hold shelf. Here is an overview of which of those services will continue this year and which have ended now that everyone is back on campus.

Journals: New single sign-on option

Many scholarly journals are upgrading their systems to offer single sign-on, which means you can now access articles using your UC Davis login. Instead of connecting to the Library VPN when you are off-campus, simply look for the “login” or “sign in” link on the journal’s website; select the University of California, Davis, as your institution; and enter your UC Davis Kerberos (CAS) login. See the list of publishers that offer this option.

Books, DVDs and other materials

To check out a book, you have several options:

  • Browse the stacks: All library locations are now open. Shields Library has installed new self-checkout stations (first floor, near the Circulation Desk), or you can go to the Circulation Desk for assistance checking out books. Blaisdell Medical Library also offers a self-checkout option; at Carlson Health Sciences Library, visit the Circulation Desk.
  • Hold shelf: You may request a book or other item through UC Library Search (the new online library catalog that launched in July) and pick it up on the contact-free hold shelf in the Shields Library lobby or at the Carlson Health Sciences Library Circulation Desk; you will have the opportunity to select your preferred pickup location when placing your request.
  • Shipping service: If you prefer, you may have books shipped to your off-campus address.
  • Get ebooks online: While the library can no longer provide the expanded access to ebooks in the HathiTrust Digital Library that was offered while campus was operating remotely, many electronic books are still available through UC Library Search and, for books no longer held in copyright, in HathiTrust. Learn more.

Course reserves

Course reserves are digital-only and must be submitted from Canvas. Login to Canvas and then follow these steps to create and submit your course reading list. For help, contact the library at or 530-752-2760.

Streaming media

Over the past year, the library has significantly expanded its digital music and film offerings. Media from any of the following can be used in courses, linked from Canvas or streamed online:




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