Collections Overview

The Biological & Agricultural Sciences Reference Department and biological and agricultural collections occupy the third floor of Peter J. Shields Library, the main campus library for the University of California, Davis. The building entrance is on West Quad between Peter J. Shields Avenue and Hutchison Drive.

The book collections in biology and agriculture are among the country's most extensive for these fields and are particularly strong in bee biology, nematology, viticulture and enology. The collections include thousands of current journals, with more than half online. Bound journals and books are shelved by call number and housed on the third floor of Shields Library. Current issues of these journals are on display in the Current BioAg Periodicals Collection, also located on the third floor of Shields Library.

BioAg offers services in three areas: reference, education and collection development. Departmental bibliographers share responsibility for providing guidance to users of the collection, either in locating materials or developing strategies for users to find information. The Department is actively engaged in classroom lectures, tours, and seminars on the use biological and agricultural information. Bibliographers or Librarian Subject Specialists work with the faculty in developing the collection. Recommendations for books to be added to the collection can be made via the Recommend a Book form.

Drop by the 3rd Floor Consult Desk

If you would like in-person assistance, the consult desk is staffed 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, or call the consult desk between 1:00-5:00 at (530) 752‑9781.