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Now Available: Shipping and Scanning of Print Books

As part of the library’s role in supporting the campus’ gradual reopening, we are launching two new services — shipping and scanning — to enable greater remote access to our print collections, while maximizing the health of library employees and those who use library materials.

The following services will remain available to all UC Davis faculty, students and employees until public health orders and campus operating status allow for our library buildings to reopen.

Electronic versions in HathiTrust

As we announced in early April, members of the UC Davis campus community can access nearly 50 percent of the library’s print book collection via the HathiTrust Digital Library (along with many more ebooks that are owned by the other UC campus libraries), for as long as our library buildings must remain closed. Simply login on HathiTrust’s site using your UC Davis credentials for access. Learn more.

UPDATED! Shipping service

For items not represented in HathiTrust’s digital collections, the library will now ship books, musical scores and book-like materials from the collections at Shields, Blaisdell, and Carlson Health Sciences libraries (including the collections formerly held at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library) directly to the address you provide. Requests can be placed right from the library catalog. More details, instructions and FAQs are available here.

NEW! Scanning chapters and articles

Throughout the COVID-19 closure, we have been offering a scanning service for journal articles that are unavailable online — either because the library does not have a subscription or the journal is only available in print — and we are excited to expand this option to include book sections and chapters.

If you just need a section of a book (e.g., chapter, table of contents) that is available only in print at Shields or Carlson Health Sciences libraries, we can scan it and email you a PDF. Search for what you need in the library catalog and use the Interlibrary Request link to submit your request. The library will typically be able to send you a PDF within 1-2 business days.

A few things to note

  • These services are available to all UC Davis faculty, students and employees.
  • As we ramp up, we plan to expand these services to include print materials held at Blaisdell Medical Library.
  • Materials held at the UC’s Northern Regional Library Facility in Richmond will not be available until that facility reopens. It is under the public health jurisdiction of Contra Costa County, so its timeframe for reopening differs from the Davis campus.
  • To respect Fair Use of copyrighted materials, any requests for materials that are available in HathiTrust will be referred to that available version.


If you need help requesting materials to be shipped or scanned, please email or leave a message at (530) 752-2251.




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