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The Davis Centre Library is located on the main and lower levels of the William G. Davis Computer Research Centre. It houses materials in the fields of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. It is the home of the RBC Information Commons and offers both wired and wireless Internet access. Space is available for group and individual silent study.
Staff at the Information Desk can assist you in with your library-related research questions (e.g., searching the library catalogue, finding journal articles, etc).
The Information Desk is staffed daily except for Saturday and Sunday. See Library Hours.
You can also obtain assistance via our Ask A Librarian service.
At the Circulation Desk you can sign out books and journals, renew books, etc.
You are responsible for any item borrowed on your WatCard. Should it be lost or stolen, report this at once at the Circulation Desk or call 519-888-4600.
The Circulation Desk is staffed daily. See Library Hours.
The RBC Information Commons provides a comfortable work environment containing 39 full-service, multimedia computer workstations with access to MS Office, the Internet, and more (including everything listed under "Express Workstations" below).
Computer workstations in the Information Commons are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that all open computer applications will time-out if the computer is left inactive for a period exceeding 15 minutes. All files saved to these computers are erased whenever the machines are rebooted; this occurs at least once a day. Save your work to a USB key early and often.
The RBC Information Commons was made possible by a gift from RBC Financial Group.
At the 37 express workstations in the Davis Library, you can access the library catalogue and discovery tool (Primo), research databases, e-journals, online reference shelf, the Internet, Quest, and your email account(s). You can save information to a USB key and print documents. MS Office software is also available.
An electic stapler and a three-hole punch are located on the table beside the printers, across from the Information Desk.
Some study tables have Internet connections for laptop use. Wireless Internet access is also available throughout the Library.
Four public workstations are available on the lower level of the Davis Library, which provide the same access as the express workstations.
All public computer workstations in the Davis Library (including those on the lower floor) are connected to the printers located beside the elevator on the main floor.
Public printing costs 8 cents (plus tax) per printed side for black and white, and 40 cents (plus tax) per printed side for colour. Use your WatCard or UW Guest Convenience Card to pay for public printing.
Note: Any print request that is not released within 2 hours will automatically be deleted from the queue. Please report any printing problems to the Davis Library Information Desk or Circulation Desk.
Photocopiers are located on the main floor to the right of the Library's entrance, and on the lower level near the elevator and at the bottom of the East stairwell.
The photocopiers in the Davis Library will accept WatCard or UW Guest Convenience Card.
If paying for photocopies with WatCard or UW Guest Convenience Card: 10 cents per exposure.
The Media.doc outlet is located next to the Davis Library's entrance. It can be accessed from inside the Library or from the Davis Centre's Great Hall Area (outside the library).
Media.doc provides a full range of photocopy services.
Note: Please report any photocopying problems to Media.doc.
The Davis Library's reference collection contains dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, style guides, etc., that can provide quick answers to factual and introductory research questions.
Many similar reference materials are also available online from the Library's Online Reference collection.
Please note that resources shelved in the reference collection are non-circulating. If you have questions regarding these resources, please visit the Information Desk.
The New Books area consists of a bookcase located near the express workstations, across from the Information Desk and the large room containing study tables.
Here you will find new books related to Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences that are available for borrowing. Books stay on the New Books shelf for one week. New books can also be browsed online using TRELLIS.
At the Davis Library, most library materials located in the book stacks are arranged by call number using the Library of Congress Classification System.
The call numbers attributed to books, journal volumes, etc., start with one or two letters that indicate the broad subject, followed by a number for the particular topic and a letter-number group for the particular book. (The year of the publication is also assigned at the end of the call number.)
For example: QD251.2 .M534 2004
For more information about call numbers, please see the TRELLIS help page for call number searching.
Please note that Government Publications have call numbers that follow a classification system that is different from Library of Congress. For more information, please consult Library Guide 6.1, Government Publications: Call Numbers.
If your book is listed in the catalogue as "In Library", but is not on the shelf, try looking at the book trucks and sorting shelves. Books found on the book trucks or sorting shelves are arranged according to call number and are waiting to be reshelved by staff.
The Davis Library's periodical collection is located on the lower level. It contains volumes of (print) magazines, journals, or other publications that appear at regular intervals (monthly or quarterly) that are relevant to Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences. The Davis Library floor plan shows the call number arrangement for its periodical collection.
There are two sets of stairs, one on each side of the Library's entrance/exit. An elevator is located between the Information Desk and the RBC Information Commons.
Please visit the Finding Periodical Articles library guide for more information.
Note: Due to space limitations, some older journal volumes have been relocated to a storage facility called the Annex. Items (or photocopies of parts of items) can be requested for delivery from the Annex under the Requests tab.
Some periodicals are available electronically.
The Davis Library's current periodical shelves are located on the lower level near the compact shelving section. It contains the most recent issues of (print) magazines, journals, or other publications that appear at regular intervals (monthly or quarterly) that are relevant to Engineering, Mathematics, and Sciences. Seating is provided in this area for reading.
The most recent issues of periodicals are shelved here by order of call number. Journal call numbers can be found by doing a journal title search in Primo.
Please visit the Finding Periodical Articles library guide for more information.
The self-serve, compact shelving section on the lower level of the Davis Library contains a small collection of Government publications, abstracts, and some journals.
There are colour-coded range end signs located at the beginning of each shelving unit to help locate which shelves need to be accessed.
Indexes and abstracts are volumes contain journal article citations and summaries. These have largely been replaced by online Research Databases. Print indexes and abstracts are sometimes useful for identifying older publications.
The majority of the available government publications are located on the 5th floor of the Dana Porter Library. The small selection of government publications at the Davis Library have a science focus.
Study carrels are located throughout the Davis Library. Carrels have personal lighting, power outlets and provide some privacy. Quiet conversation is allowed at these carrels, but cell phone use is not permitted. Cell phone carriers should ensure that their ringers are turned off.
Carrels along the back window have power and Internet connections for laptop use.
Located on the main floor of the Davis Library are areas containing silent study carrels. In these silent study areas, there should be absolutely no talking or noise of any kind. Cell phone use is not permitted in this area. Cell phone ringers should be turned off.
Located on the main floor of the Davis Library, to the right of the Information Desk is a silent study room. In this silent study room, there should be absolutely no talking or noise of any kind. Cell phone use is not permitted in this area. Cell phone ringers should be turned off.
Group study meetings should not take place in the areas designated for silent study. Study groups can quietly discuss their projects at any of the areas providing study tables, or in any of the 4 large (3 or more people) or 9 small (1-2 people) group study rooms in the Davis Library. Located on the main floor of the Davis Library, group study rooms are bookable.
Study tables are available throughout the Davis Library. Quiet conversation is allowed at study tables, but cell phone use is not permitted. Cell phone ringers should be turned off. Some study tables have power and Internet connections for laptop use.
Included in the RBC Information Commons are Services for Persons with Disabilities. These services include:
The Davis Library's Lost & Found is located beside the elevator. Valuable items are kept at the Circulation Desk. Valuable items (wallets, ID, credit cards, etc.) found in the Library will be sent to the University Police as soon as possible. Moderately valuable items (cell phones, laptops, jewelry, prescription glasses, etc.) unclaimed after a week will be sent to University Police. Other lost items unclaimed after a week will be disposed of.
Notice boards are located on the main floor of the Davis Library on both sides of the elevator. These notice boards are reserved for the following: Library Information and Other Information.
The Library Information board provides information about current and upcoming Library events, resources, workshops, etc. This information is also posted on the Library's home page.
Posters and flyers from other UW groups on campus are posted on this notice board. All non-library group information to be posted on this board must be approved by the Davis Library. For posting permission, please contact the Circulation Desk Staff (Ext. 36913).
Public washrooms in the Davis Library are located across from the RBC Information Commons. There are also smaller sets of washrooms downstairs and on the west side of the main floor. Wheelchair accessible washrooms are available on the north side of the Davis Centre's Great Hall area.
There are four other UW Libraries: Dana Porter Library (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Government Publications), Musagetes Architecture Library (Architecture & Design - located in Cambridge), the Pharmacy Library (located in Kitchener), and the Witer Resource Learning Centre (optometry).