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Davis Branch — Yolo County Library

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  1. Photos
  2. Resources
    1. Audio Books
    2. Blanchard Community Room
    3. Children's Room
    4. Career and Test Preparation
    5. Computer and Internet
    6. Databases
    7. Fiction Section
    8. Foreign-Language Materials
    9. Large Print
    10. Movies
    11. Non-Fiction Section
    12. Study Carrels and Tables
    13. Teen Section
  3. Circulation Policies
    1. Loan Periods
    2. Renewals
  4. Fees
    1. Overdues
    2. Lost or Damaged Material
    3. Other Charges
  5. Book Group
    1. Big Read: Open Access Science
    2. Older Adult Book Group
  6. Best Time to Visit
  7. Reserving Materials Online
  8. Parking
  9. Book Sale
  10. Bronze Plaques Outside
  11. Bike Racks
  12. Photos of the Temporary Location When It Was At DISC

315 East 14th Street, reopened December 7th
Mon 1:00PM-9:00PM
Tue-Thu 10:00AM-9:00PM
Fri & Sat 10:00AM-5:30PM
Sun 1:00PM-5:00PM
(530) 757-5593
[WWW]Stephens Branch
[WWW]Quick link to card catalog

MOBILE APP: [WWW]http://www.libanywhere.com/m/373 (Automatically formats the catalog for smartphones and tablets)

The Mary L. Stephens Branch is part of the Yolo County Library system. It used to be known as the Davis Branch as the sign in the picture below indicates, but the name was changed in December 2006 to honor the former [WWW]Yolo County Librarian. Other book/item returns can be found at Patwin Elementary and near the main parking lot at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School. In 2011, the school library there became a small satellite open regularly Saturdays 10 AM to 2:00 PM and Tuesdays 5 PM to 9 PM offering a small browsing collection, internet computers and pickup of materials placed on hold through the catalog.

Because of November 2007 Election/Measure P, the building closed for [WWW]renovation, taking about a year starting in Summer 2009. The library was closed for moving from August 15th to September 8th, according to [WWW]a press release dated 7/24/09. On Tuesday, September 8, the library opened at an alternate location: 2801 Second Street (Pena and Second, the former DISC arena behind Explorit Science Center) until renovations were completed.

On November 2, 2007 before the passage of the measure, JessicaRockwell interviewed Branch Librarian JayJohnstone on her KDVS show Neoisms about library services and the measure. This project was covered in the Davis Enterprise on [WWW]June 10, 2008 and [WWW]March 15, 2009 (Newsbank). The move to DISC was covered in the Enterprise on [WWW]June 10 and [WWW]June 30, 2009.

Some notable changes: The reference desk and circulation desk have been combined and the children's room has been greatly expanded, Outside, the bike rack area has been moved to the northern end of the parking lot and is lightly sheltered, and two automated check-in stations have been added which allow a patron to return an item and receive a receipt for the return immediately. The number of public computers doubled to 38. Several new public art pieces and new skylights were added.


newlibrary.jpgThe new exterior

library.jpgThe old exterior

juniors.JPGThe Children's Room

nonfiction.JPGThe Nonfiction Room

Library_Sign.JPG checkin_room.jpgThe machine sorts books into their houses locations Stolen_Bikes_Sign.JPGa 2009 sign warning of bike thefts


Audio Books

Blanchard Community Room

For more information see The Blanchard Community Room.

Children's Room

Good-sized, and has a play area with toys. Includes children's movies and their own check-out desk. The Davis Toy Library has relocated here.

Career and Test Preparation

People preparing for standardized tests may utilize the library's digital practice test database, a free feature from [WWW]http://www.learningexpresslibrary.com. Available tests include: ACT, ASVAB, GED, SAT, CBEST, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, and more. Go to the reference desk and ask for more info. As previously mentioned, they also have a section for test books.

Computer and Internet

These are Internet Access computers for public use. There are 38 computers available, in almost constant use. The library has WiFi throughout the building. You can access wifi by sitting outside the library as well. Unfortunately, the wifi connections allow only HTTP - even VPN connections are blocked. Ethernet jacks are in the meeting room, but the Ethernet jacks require authentication and are for staff use only.


The Yolo County Library subscribes to [WWW]many online databases like Newsbank.

Fiction Section

Foreign-Language Materials

There is a shelf across from the Science-Fiction section that includes cassettes and CDs to help you learn other languages. Some of the audio material comes with books. Languages available include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Danish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Yiddish and more.

Large Print

The sizable large-print section might be just what your eyes need.


There are both DVDs and VHS. (in English and many other languages).

Non-Fiction Section

Study Carrels and Tables

After 1:30-2:00PM weekdays, students from the local schools come in and usually fill the available tables/study space.

Teen Section

Banned to non-teens during after school hours, the teen section also includes the Davis Library's graphic novel collection, which contains your regular selection of Marvel and DC compendiums (some vertigo too), but also a lot of mature graphic novels and lot of independant-ish graphic novels from publishers like Fantagraphics and Drawn and Quarterly. Expect to find your X-Men, Green Lantern, American Splendor (Harvey Pekar), and works by Chester Brown and others.

Circulation Policies

You may check out as many as 50 items with the following limits:
3 non-fiction books per subject
6 audio cassettes
6 music compact discs(CDs)
3 books on compact disc (CDs)
3 DVDs

Loan Periods


The following may be renewed for 2 successive periods if there are no requests for them:

Online and phone renewals available. Library card number (and library pin number for online renewals) is required.

Online renewals: Go to [WWW]http://web-iii.yolocounty.org, click on "MY RECORD", enter the number from your library card and your library pin number, and check the boxes for the items you'd like to renew. Be sure to verify that the items have been renewed successfully. Someone may have placed a hold on an item, and if so, you will be unable to renew it.

Automated phone renewal available 24/7 at 530-666-8016 or 530-666-8017. Have library card and items ready. Listen for confirmation of renewals and note due dates.



Fine per day per item:

Lost or Damaged Material

Other Charges

Book Group

Big Read: Open Access Science

The county-wide Big Read Book Club gives one a chance to learn about human genomics. Our first book to discuss will be Here is a Human Being, a memoir by science writer Misha Angrist. Dr. Angrist tells the story of his participation in the Personal Genome Project and the ethical and moral decisions involved in full-genome DNA sequencing.
If you are interested to share your ideas, comments or feedback about human genomics, please join us in the Blanchard Room for book discussion sessions and author visit.
The upcoming book discussions are on 2/15/2012 and 3/14/2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
You can also meet the author by coming to the guest lecture on 3/7/2012. The presentation starts at 7:30 p.m.
Please visit the Big Read: Open Access Science Blog for more information. [WWW]http://sciencenovels.wordpress.com/

Older Adult Book Group

Meets at Davis Branch Library's Blanchard Room monthly. For more information, please contact Joan Tuss at joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

Best Time to Visit

Weekdays before 2PM and after 6PM are the best times to go to check out a book or just browse. After 1:30-2:00PM weekdays, students from the local schools come in and usually fill the available tables/study space.

Reserving Materials Online

The Yolo County library system has a pretty good selection of books, movies, and more. However it is spread across several branches, and popular books and DVDs other than Richard Simmons' Workout are generally snatched up quickly. If there is a particular book, movie, or other media that you desire (including items currently located at other branches) and you have a library card and PIN, you can look it up and reserve it from home through the [WWW]online catalog. You will be emailed when the item is available, and can then pick it up from the hold shelves. This is also good for busy people - reserve your items ahead of time, and you can be in and out in five minutes, with no searching.


Parking is usually not a problem, but because it is a city lot, the lot can fill up at certain times and days of the week. This is true for weekdays around 2:30-3:00PM, when tons of parents commandeer the lot, waiting to pick up their little darlings from North Davis. The same parents will overrun the lot on Saturday mornings, when they come to watch the same little darlings participate in soccer. This has occasionally led to frustrated library patrons complaining to library staff, who can't do anything about it because it's a city lot. Bicycling to the library is a very practical and effective solution because of the library and Community Park's great bike path connections to the North Star Greenbelt and other bike routes.

Book Sale

Every two months, the Friends of the Davis Public Library will hold book sales at the library. These are good for picking up some fiction or non-fiction on the cheap, and are usually in the J. Richard Blanchard Room (named after a long-time friend of the library who worked at Shields Library). Members of the Friends get first dibs the first couple hours of the sale, before it is opened to the public, though one could always join at the door. The Friends also maintain a book/magazine nook just inside the library entrance— a good opportunity to pick up older magazines or cheap beach books for mere change. The funds are used by the Friends of the Library to enhance the services and collections of the library.

Bronze Plaques Outside

libraryblob1.jpgUnidentified text in an italic hand, roughly early 16th century

libraryblob2.jpgArabic? libraryblob3.jpgLooks like an early form of Korean with Chinese characters integrated libraryblob4.jpgFantasy early Greek with multiple epichoric variants mixed.

Take some time to wander the sidewalk between the library and its parking lot. Embedded in the concrete are bronze plaques with amoebic edges, one of the Public Art projects installed at the site. (Others are the etchings on the glass of the doors and windows, and the ceramic installations around the two water fountains.) Each plaque has writing on it using a different writing system from around the world. There was some controversy because the writings are not actual texts — they artistically use the writing systems, rather than using the languages. There are 13 plaques with Egyptian hieroglyphics, Mayan writing, cuneiform, and others, designed to "provoke curiosity rather than satisfy it which is purposely left for the appropriate institution, the library", according to Wang Po Shu who created the artwork.

Bike Racks

The covered bike rack area in the lot appears to have less room than was available after the decorative wall was removed from the old structure. There is still room for the ubiquitous bike/trailer combo, but expect to get wet after parking your bike on rainy days. The photovoltaic panels on the roof of the structure are reported to be generating nearly $1,000 monthly credit on the library energy bill, helping to compensate for the plentiful power outlets used by visitors to power their laptops and other digital devices.

Photos of the Temporary Location When It Was At DISC

Temp_library_exterior.jpg Temp_library_interior.jpg


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2009-03-21 16:51:56   Stay away during lunch time when the high schoolers overrun the library/computers. Don't they have their own lab? —EricaMacGregor

2009-06-21 02:28:39   I'm surprised that the renovation went on even with the budget issue. And when asked about whether programs will be continued (storytelling for the kids, etc), they said they're not sure? So which one is more important-brand new renovations or services? —val

Childrens programming continues at the temporary site (2801 Second Street, corner of Pena and 2nd in the same building as Explorit). The storytimes for youngsters are conducted in the childrens section of the library, are well-attended, and seem to be appreciated by other library users even when it gets noisy. It's a joyous sound. (Jay Johnstone)

2009-06-21 15:18:57   They're [WWW]moving to DISC. Renovations is great, just wanted to be sure that they'd be able to continue their excellent programs and be able to still host community groups there, and not just upgrading the infrastructure.. —val

2009-08-07 18:38:41   I used to support the Friends of the Library booksale, but lately have seen some price increase that's hard to swallow - e.g., the [WWW]Belle Cooledge Library booksale (dates overlap with current booksale at Davis) sells their adults books at 50 cents (hardcover) and 25 cents (softcover), while the Davis FOL sell theirs at 2 dollar each? That's 4 times what they sell in Sacramento, people. Can anyone give me a reason for this? Even the SPCA thrift store sell their adults used book at 1 dollar I think, and all the kids books there are 25 cents vs. 50 cents to a dollar at the Davis library sale. —val

2009-11-04 14:04:16   There is now a Pepsi vending machine near the bathrooms at the temporary location. Not sure if this is for raising extra revenue for the library or not. —ZachStednick

The "Pepsi" machine vends water and tea drinks besides sodas. Having it at the library is experimental, to see how much demand there is for this convenience, and whether or not spillage is a problem. The renovation includes an area designated for snacks and beverages and may contain a vending machine also. The revenue is a small secondary benefit compared to the convenience for staff and visitors. (Jay Johnstone, Branch Manager)

2010-06-03 17:35:39   Any word on when renovations will be complete? (As meeting scheduler guy for LUGOD, I need to keep track. :) ) —BillKendrick

2010-09-14 17:16:32   So will they bring back the teen center that was located here originally since the only other center for them was taken over by the Bicycling Hall of Fame? —Wes-P

2011-01-26 10:03:13   Was I correct in seeing a flyer that says theres Mandarin Chinese storytime on Sundays at 3pm? —jsbmeb

2011-11-20 12:18:32   They are closed 11/20 to 11/26 2011 for furlough. —NoelBruening

2011-11-28 17:43:16   The Stephens-Davis Branch Library will be closed 12/24/2011-1/2/2012 for furlough. The library will reopen on 1/3/2012(Tuesday). —PuiyukSin

2012-01-05 20:37:17   The Stephens-Davis Branch Library will be closed on January 16, 2012 for the Martin Luther King Holiday. —PuiyukSin

2012-01-05 20:38:17   For the training purposes, the Stephens-Davis Branch Library will be closed on January 30, 2012 for Staff Development Day. —PuiyukSin

2012-02-29 18:20:31   On March 19th,2012 (Monday), the Stephens-Davis Branch Library will have shortened operating hours for strategic planning. The library will be opened from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead of our regular hours (1:00 - 9:00 p.m.). —PuiyukSin

2012-03-20 11:52:03   Silence and respect for the space of others are not a priority in this library. It seems as though the needs of those who wish to converse and speak on their cell phones and the needs of children to scream, demand, throw tantrums and run across the hallways are more important than the needs of those who need some silence to read and concentrate. Please step at the entrance of the library and listen to the chartroom atmosphere. One can get more silence at Starbucks, unfortunately. —AChaves

2012-04-04 08:55:37   The Stephens-Davis Branch Library will be closed on April 8 for the Easter Holiday and April 9, 2012 for the staff furlough day. —PuiyukSin

2012-04-04 09:02:58   The parking lot in front of the Davis Branch Library is scheduled to be resurfaced and repainted beginniing at closing on Saturday morning, April 7th and will be completed by Tuesday evening, April 10th. The library will be opened on April 7th and April 10th, but the PARKING LOT WILL BE CLOSED. If you decide to use the library, please consider to use public transportation or carpool with your friends/family. Please help the Davis Library spread the word. Thank you! —PuiyukSin

2012-04-16 10:58:20   In order to provide better services to the library community, the Stephens-Davis Branch Library will have shortened operating hours on April 23rd, 2012 (Monday) for staff training. The library will be opened from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead of our regular hours (1:00 - 9:00 p.m.). —PuiyukSin

2012-05-02 17:44:34   The Yolo County Library - Davis Branch is celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month on the Sunday, May 6th. Here is the event information. 1:00 p.m. Golden Turtle Lion Dancers
1:00 p.m. Sustainable Sushi Demonstration by Sithu Tun—
Davis Food Co-Op, Mermaid Sushi
2:00 p.m. Aikido Institute Davis – Martial Arts Demonstration
3:30 p.m. Flow Crew Chinese Dancers
4:00 p.m. Baciarini Martial Arts Demonstration
4:30 p.m. Davis Dynamic Rhythm Dancing, Paper Crafts
Please call 530-757-5593 for more information! —PuiyukSin, Davis Library Staff

Who is Mary L. Stephens? Am sure she was an eminent person to have a library named after her, but it seems like this page would be more recognizable, especially to people new in town, if it were called Yolo County Library — Davis Branch —GeorgeSantayana

2012-05-24 20:33:06   The Stephens-Davis Branch Library will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2012 in observance of Memorial Day. —PuiyukSin, Davis Library Staff

2012-05-29 12:13:59   On June 18th,2012 (Monday), the Stephens-Davis Branch Library will have shortened operating hours for staff development. The library will be opened from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. instead of our regular hours (1:00 - 9:00 p.m.). —PuiyukSin

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