William Garrity

William Garrity

Position Title
University Librarian and Vice Provost, Digital Scholarship


William Garrity was selected as university librarian and vice provost of digital scholarship in May 2024. He is responsible for oversight of the UC Davis Library, one of the nation’s top academic research libraries and a major academic support unit serving the needs of the students, faculty, and researchers of UC Davis, the healthcare professionals of UC Davis Health, and the public.

Under his leadership, the library continues to build strong physical and digital collections,  responsive services for students and faculty, and new partnerships across campus. Garrity is passionate about the critical role of the library as a “third space” that supports users’ academic and research success and sense of belonging on campus.

Previously, as UC Davis’ deputy university librarian and the library’s chief operating officer, he helped reshape library operations and management to meet several waves of transformative change: greater integration of digital and traditional library services; renewed focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a sea change in how people work, teach, and connect as a community in the “hybrid” post-pandemic world.

Prior to UC Davis, Garrity served as associate chief information officer at Dartmouth and held library leadership positions at Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Chicago.

A graduate of Siena College in New York, Garrity served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica before earning his master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Chicago.