Create Your Academic Success Here
Your academic success at UC Davis depends in large part on the library. The resources there help you develop research skills to support what you learn in the classroom.
In fact, students who use university libraries earn higher grades and become active lifelong learners.
Access to 50 million library items
Think of the materials you can use: books, journals, databases, music, maps, photos, historical archives, and other resources in print and digital formats. Plus, you’ll have access to 50 million items across the entire UC library system – second only to the Library of Congress. You’ll have extensive borrowing privileges just by being a UC Davis student.
Help when you need it
The library has an expert staff of librarians to help you find and use the right information for your research projects.
Students explore some of the treasures in the library’s Special Collections, guided by library staff. (UC Davis Library)
The place to study
The main library building, Shields Library, continues to earn our students’ vote as the best place to study at UC Davis. It’s easy to get to since it’s in the core of the campus.
24-Hour Study Room
Check out the 24-Hour Study Room in Shields Library to find study space (including two group study rooms) any day, any time, when you need to focus on papers, midterms or finals.
Our library also works with the bookstore and professors to deliver course materials directly to you online.
Library services on social media
Get library tips and learn about new collections and upcoming events through your favorite social media channels, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. You can even get book recommendations, watch how-to videos and more on YouTube.