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Library Services

Located on the lower ground floor of McGuinn Hall, the Social Work Library supports the teaching and research needs of the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW)

Physical Space

Located in the basement of McGuinn Hall, the Social Work Library provides space for students and faculty to gather, study, and collaborate. We have computer stations reserved specifically for School of Social Work community members, seating areas designated for groups, and carrels for quiet, individual study. Two study rooms are available to School of Social Work students, faculty and staff by reservation. 


The library has Mac and Dell desktop computers, black & white printers, and a scanner for use by all members of the BC community. We also provide Mac and Dell laptops, laptop chargers, HDMI/VGA adaptors, a laser pointer, and video cameras that Social Work students can use to complete video assignments. 

For more information about the technology available at the Social Work Library, please visit our technology page

Course Reserves

The Social Work Library provides required and supplemental textbooks in physical and, when available, electronic format. Physical reserves can be checked out at the circulation desk, and links for ebooks are provided in the "Library resources and course reserves" section of Canvas. This section also contains required readings listed in the syllabus.

Please note: the Social Work Library does not provide supplemental readings, and we do not scan chapters from required textbooks. 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) provides Boston College faculty, students and staff with access to items that are checked out or not owned by the BC Libraries, as well as digitized copies of articles and book chapters from our collection. Articles are usually received within 1–2 days and books in 5-10 business days. To request materials from ILL, log into your interlibrary loan account and fill out a request form. You will be notified by email when your request is ready. 


Videos that faculty wish to use in their courses can be purchased in DVD format or digitally for online streaming. If a video is needed digitally and is not available for streaming, copyright allows us to digitize clips of the video when they are vital to course teachings. Please contact Abby Heingartner to inquire about video access.