UC Davis' extensive Shields Library numbers more than 2.6 million volumes, including more than 41,000 periodicals and serials. The library is ranked as one of the 25 best research collections in the nation and its collections in the Humanities are adequate for all but the most specialized research. Volumes not available on campus may be readily and promptly obtained from any of the nine UC campuses through interlibrary loan. In addition, a university bus service provides daily transportation to and from the Berkeley campus 60 minutes away.
The special collections in the performing arts are impressive, comprising more than 650 linear feet of materials. Holdings range from the Ballantine papers, chronicling the development of the Provincetown Players, to the archives of the Living Theatre, which from the mid-twentieth century advocated anarchy and radical social change. The Shields also holds the archives of the Bread and Puppet Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the Joint Stock Theatre Group, and the Squat Theatre, as well as many other performance-related holdings, including ephemera, theatrical and booking agents' archives, set designs, playscripts, and so on. The Performing Arts collection has no geographical or language limits, although the bulk of the materials are in English and originate from Great Britain or the U.S.
The Arts Administrative Unit at UC Davis has extensive facilities in the Departments of Art, Design, Music, Theatre and Dance, as well as a number of Galleries. Further facilities are available through Academic Technological Services:http://ats.ucdavis.edu/services/