Physical Sciences and Engineering Library

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Regular Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8am-10pm
Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: 12pm-6pm
Sun: 12pm-10pm
Summer Hours (2011)
Mon-Thurs: 8am-8pm
Fri: 8am-6pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 1pm-5pm
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The Physical Sciences and Engineering Library, commonly shortened to just the Physical Sciences Library is home to all the technical volumes that were too cool for Shields Library. Located just south of the Chemistry building and East of Roessler, this is the best library to study in if you need absolute silence. Here you will find engineering students doing what they do best: being quiet and getting their work done. A sunlight color spectrum lights the stairwell during the day. There used to be a PSE Phone payphone out front. The building was completed in 1971.

Subjects in the PSE library include physics, astronomy, engineering, chemistry and geology.

The math and computer science books are on the 3rd floor of Shields; the PSE Library ran out of room to house them. Current periodicals (technical journals, car magazines, etc.) are located in the basement.

To answer the question that always gets asked of me while I am sitting at the front desk: the bathrooms are located on every floor, except the first floor, behind the stairs! Apparently the only reason most of you enter this library is to take a leak.PatrickSing


Contact the PSE circulation staff (if you have a question about your account, fines, or similar)

Contact the PSE reference staff (if you have a reference question or need help finding something)


toilets.jpgIt also has some pretty sweet bathrooms (and by sweet, I mean eat-my-carl's-jr.-off-the-bowl clean). sign.jpgProof that the official name includes Engineering


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The car magazines get sent to the PSL (or were when I was in school) if you are looking for some light reading between classes. —RussBowlus

Great Place to study, always lots of space... I mean, don't study here, its a terrible place. —KyleLanderhoffis

2007-02-27 21:29:27   The basement of this place is the best place on campus to study. It's also amusing to gawk at some of the phonebook sized PhD theses down there when boredom and/or procrastination strike. —WilliamLewis

2007-04-17 17:24:09   There is actually an email station in with the computers. This used to be my secret place to check email on campus without having to wait in line, before I got a laptop. —KateBaker

2007-05-31 21:38:21   As of this spring, there are now five email stations — the first five computers on the side nearest the elevator can all access email, MyUCDavis, etc. The other computers still can't, but can be used for Internet access and library research. —PhoebeAyers

2007-07-17 23:51:08   This place seems to be a good place to study, since it is not as busy compared to Shields Library. It is very close to Shields anyways. —JohnWong

2008-01-31 15:06:47   i second on william's basement comment. aside from the strange ambient noises near the very entrance (which just sounds like...weird avant-garde minimalist ambient music) it's one of the quietest and least crowded places to study. there's also a group room downstairs that is only occasionally in use, unlike those in shields. i also affirm the clean bathrooms, and the ones in the basement are single (no stalls just one room) if you're ocd about that kind of thing. i love this place. it's my safe haven between classes. —MiranPark

2008-09-04 22:44:26   the last desk in the south east corner of the third floor has delicious graffiti

whole conversations go on —fredchen

2009-08-25 13:31:18   I understand that the administration has to deal with budget cuts somehow, but I think closing the PSE Library is a big mistake. It's a great asset not only to those in engineering and physical sciences (seriously, it's great to have all those books in one simple location), but also it's just about the best place to study. You never had to worry about having a group table being hella loud or anything. Interesting to note that the Carlson Health Library isn't being shut. In my opinion the PSE library is infinitely more useful that the Health Library (has anyone even seen the archives in the basement or the lack of actual students). I understand that they had to cut something, and I'm not familiar enough with the library administration to suggest anything else that they could. Nevertheless, I still believe closing the PSE Lib. is a big mistake! —pr0me7heu2

2010-11-30 17:18:14   I've attended a number of schools and I'm currently a Sac State student and via some inter-school bureaucracy I found out I can get a UCD library card and check out books here. As an engineering student this has proved invaluable. The Sac State library has very few engineering books. Many are outdated or lost. UCD has copies of books I can actually check out and use for a few months. In addition, upon first wandering into the PSL, they had signs indicating a station with Legos/Knexs etc for some stress relieving fun in between studying. Can this library get any more awesome? It's sad they're apparently closing it. —EricBrummer

2011-06-02 00:10:56   I. Love. This. Place. As a car guy, I spend 90% of my time totally geeking out at the latest automotive/automotive engineering books on the third and basement floors. It sure doesn't hurt that the bathrooms are clean and I swear to God the second floor bathroom is the size of my kitchen. The Legoes out on by the entrance also are great at indulging my inner child. —HarrisonM

2011-06-23 13:31:08   What's the word on the street, is the library still closing in July 2011? UCD recently recalled all titles for Staff/Student/Faculty... a prelude to closure? —shraken

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