Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

I'm not affiliated with UC Davis, may I use the library?
Yes, the libraries are open to the public. Material is shelved in open stacks in public areas. Library cards are required to take material out of the library.
How can I get a Library card and how much does it cost?
Is there a campus map I can look at?
Can I renew my books without coming to the library?
Yes, non-course reserve material can be renewed in the following ways:
I know I returned this book, with whom can I speak about the overdue notice I received?
It depends which library sent you the notice and loaned you the book:
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library: Colleen Evans, (530) 752‑6382
  • Blaisdell Medical Library: Bonnie Hain-Anderson, (916) 734‑3529
I requested some material, how can I find out if it is available yet?
For material owned by the UC Davis Libraries, you may access your borrowing record. For material not showing on your record or coming from off campus, contact the Interlibrary Loan Office of the library where you made the request:
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library: (530) 752‑6379
  • Blaisdell Medical Library: (916) 734‑3533
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Where...

Where is the Carlson Health Sciences Library and where is the nearest public parking?
Where is the Blaisdell Medical Library and where is the nearest public parking?
Where is the Shields Library?
Where is the Physical Sciences and Engineering Library?
Where can I catch the shuttle that goes between the Carlson Health Sciences and Blaisdell Medical Libraries and what is its schedule?
Where is the NRLF?
Where is Lost & Found?
Lost and found items are turned into the Circulation desk. Unclaimed items are sent to the Campus Police Department.
Where is Special Collections?
The Carlson Health Sciences Library Special Collections Room is on the lower level of the library. Access to the collection is only available through the Reference/Information Desk.
Where can I get help using the library?
Where can I find phone books?
Phone books for local and neighboring areas are available at the Carlson Health Sciences Information Desk and at the Blaisdell Medical Library Front Desk. Telephone directories are also available on the Web.
Where can I return books?
Where can I connect my laptop computer to the network?
Study rooms are now wired for DHCP internet access. If you have registered your laptop network card with campus IT, you may log on with DHCP. Alternatively, you may check out an internet connection kit from the Reserves desk. Click on the link for more details about DHCP.
Where can I see what new journal issues have arrived?
New journal receipts are displayed weekly in the Carlson Health Sciences Library Current Periodicals Display and are available for review on Fridays. New journal receipts are displayed daily in the Blaisdell Medical Library.
Where can I see what new books have come in?
New Books are displayed next to the Current Periodicals Display for about two weeks prior to going to the stacks.
Where are the video tapes and other audiovisual material?
The Carlson Health Sciences Library has a small audiovisual collection and viewing equipment in the Audio Visual Room next to the Reserve Desk. Several video tape sets, Medical Board reviews, physical examination and UC Davis Environmental Health & Safety tapes are in Reserves. Holdings are listed in the Melvyl (http://ucdavis.worldcat.org) Catalog.
Where is the nearest public phone?
There is a public pay phone across the courtyard from the entrance of the Carlson Health Sciences Library and in the nearby dining facility. The nearest public pay phone to the Blaisdell Medical Library is in the Camellia Cottage.
Where is the nearest campus phone?
Both libraries have a campus phone for onsite phone calls.
Where can I answer my page?
Both libraries have a phone for clinicians to answer pages.
Where is the nearest ATM?
An ATM is located in the lobby of Tupper Hall, Med Sci 1A to the west of the Carlson Health Sciences Library. Access is limited to regular business hours. At the Medical Center, there is an ATM located in the hospital cafeteria.
Where are the old exams?
Where are the books on reserve for my class?
Where can I make a suggestion, file a complaint or pay a compliment?
Email:
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What...

What are the libraries' hours?
What are the libraries' phone numbers?
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library: (530) 752‑1162
  • Blaisdell Medical Library: (916) 734‑3529
What are the libraries' FAX numbers?
  • Carlson Health Sciences Library: (530) 752‑4718
  • Blaisdell Medical Library: (916) 734‑7418
What are the libraries' addresses?
mailing address only
Carlson Health Sciences Library
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616
mailing and location address
Blaisdell Medical Library
University of California, Davis
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
What are the libraries' email addresses?
What does Bound vols. at HSL, Current in MED CTR mean?
It means that the Blaisdell Medical Library has the current unbound issues of the journal title, but the older bound volumes are at the Carlson Health Sciences Library. The location of a particular issue is determined by the binding frequency of that title.
What does call number mean?
Call numbers are assigned to library material to map the collection and keep similar material together. A call number is composed of letters and numbers. The first line identifies the subject. Subject refinements and/or author/title filing elements make up the second and perhaps a third line. The last line reflects the date of publication or the date of the content.
Brief list of medical and veterinary call numbers.
What does current periodicals mean?
The term refers to the Carlson Health Sciences Library unbound journal issues collection on the main level. Once these issues are bound the are housed downstairs in the stacks. Blaisdell Medical Library unbound journal issues are shelved with the bound volumes.
What does current 10 years mean?
It means that the library does not have volumes of a journal title older than 10 years.
What does library use only mean?
It means that an item may only be used in the library and may not be checked out, except by library staff-authorized exception.
What does stacks mean?
It refers to the area where the majority of the collection is housed. The Carlson Health Sciences stacks are on the lower level. Other areas where material is housed may be Reference, Reserves, Current Periodicals, Special Collections, Audio Visual Room, and Displays.
What does NRLF mean?
The Northern Regional Library Facility is a storage facility in Richmond, CA. It is where the northern UC campus libraries store low use and older material. Items can be retrieved through Request Book/Journal Services and are generally available within 2-3 days. Users may use material on site at the NRLF.
What does SRLF mean?
The Southern Regional Library Facility is a storage facility on the UCLA campus. It is where the southern UC campus libraries store low use and older material. Items can be retrieved through Request Book/Journal Services and are generally available within 2-3 days. Users may use material on site at the SRLF.
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How...

How can I get help finding information on a topic?
How can I learn to use the library and its resources?
How can I learn on my own or improve my skills?
How can I get a library card?
How can I find out if UC Davis owns this book/journal?
Holdings are listed in the Melvyl (http://ucdavis.worldcat.org) Catalog.
How do I get a call number for this book/journal?
Call numbers and holdings information are listed in the Melvyl (http://ucdavis.worldcat.org) Catalog.
How can I get this book/journal when UC Davis doesn't own it?
How can I get this book/journal from another UC Davis library?
How can I get this book/journal sent to me because I don't want to go to the library to get it myself?
How can I get a job in the library?
How do I cite this reference in my paper?
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