Information for Visitors

Special Collections welcomes students, faculty, and members of the general public that follow our regular Reading Room rules. The information below provides website information regarding directions, travel, and accommodations. Many collections are stored offsite and need to be retrieved for your research visit. To begin the request process, researchers should e-mail at least seven business days before visiting. Please wait for confirmation that the collection is available before visiting.

Please also see our and Access and Policies pages for further information about using the collections.


Traveling researchers should connect with us in advance in case there are changes to the schedule.

Open Monday-Friday Closed for Holidays
Spring Quarter: March 30 - June 11, 201510:00am-5:00pmMay 25
Spring Intersession: June 12-19, 201510:00am-4:00pm

Limited Services May 26-29, 2015

Patrons are advised that there will be limited reference service staff availability for May 26-29, 2015 due to staff attendance at a conference. We recommend travelers consider another research week for your visit. Please contact us at for more information and advice about your research needs.

Directions to Special Collections

By Car

  1. From I-80, exit at UC Davis.
  2. Turn right on Old Davis Road if you exit west bound. Turn left on Old Davis Road if you exit east bound. Continue past the Visitor Information Kiosk toward the parking structure.
  3. Turn right directly before the parking structure and continue into Visitor Parking Lot 1 or 2.
  4. Purchase your $9 all day parking permit from the yellow dispense machine located after the first four rows on your left when first entering the lot. Permit dispensers will accept quarters, one-dollar bills, Visa or MasterCard.
  5. Walk 2 blocks north to Shields Library. The Special Collections Department is on the first floor, to the left, as you enter the building.

By Train

The Davis Amtrak station is located 840 2nd Street.

  1. To reach Shields Library on foot, walk west on 2nd Street.
  2. At the intersection of 2nd and B Streets, take a left onto B Street.
  3. At the intersection of B and 1st Streets, take a right onto 1st Street.
  4. Continue walking on 1st Street as it enters the University campus. 1st Street turns into Peter J. Shields Ave. once it hits campus.
  5. Shields Library is located at the corner of Peter J. Shields Ave. and West Quad Avenue. The Special Collections Department is located on the first floor, to the left, as you enter the building.

Bus service from the Amtrak station to Shields Library is available via Unitrans ( The A line services the Amtrak station and Shields Library.

Maps & Accomodations

Maps of the Area

Places to Stay in Davis

On campus accommodations are available at the Hyatt Place Hotel (

A variety of accommodations are available in the City of Davis. For more information, please see the Yolo County Visitors Bureau (

On Campus Food Options

Food on campus is available at the Coffee House (, Silo Union (, Gunrock Pub (,

Local Davis Restaurants

The Yolo County Visitors Bureau website also lists Davis Restaurants (

Wireless Access for Visiting Researchers

UC Davis is a member of eduroam ( whose members (including faculty, staff and students) receive free, secure Internet connectivity at other participating universities and research institutions around the world. If you are visiting from another institution that is a member of eduroam, you can connect to the wireless network in our Reading Room. Please follow the instructions for configuration here (