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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)

About Us

Shannon Fiske
Shannon Fiske
Evening Library Supervisor
Phone: 617-552-0109
Contact me for: Course Reserves, Canvas instruction, technology assistance or student employment
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Hannah Ha
Hannah Ha
Head Librarian
Phone: 617-552-3234
Contact me for: Research assistance, library collection inquires or library facilities questions.
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Abby Heingartner
Abby Heingartner
Day Library Supervisor
Phone: 617-552-3204
Contact me for: Course Reserves, Canvas instruction, technology assistance or student employment
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Adam Williams
Adam Williams
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Phone: 617-552-0792
Set up an Online Meeting
Contact me for: Finding sources, citation assistance or to set-up a class library session
Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm 9am-5pm
Lauryn Cadet
Nicole Perez Elias
Perez Elias
Ashley Maldonado
Paulina Martinez
Paule Houng Beke
Houng Beke
Tim Hui
Maria Paula Jimenez Saenz
Maria Paula
Jimenez Saenz

Telma                           Dani

Rodriguez                    Manzur

Social Work Library Mission:

To facilitate the academic goals of the BCSSW community through access to our library resources, services, and space

Social Work Library Vision:

Academic partner of the BCSSW community

BC Libraries Guiding Principles:

Access - We support academic inquiry and intellectual freedom by providing equitable access to the highest quality scholarly resources and services whenever and wherever users need them.
  • Innovation - We are a creative, experimental, and responsive organization that engages with the global scholarly community to achieve distinction in research, learning, and teaching.
  • Stewardship - We cultivate and preserve our collections, manage our resources, and prepare for the future in support of Boston College's academic and spiritual mission.
  • People - We cultivate an open, respectful, diverse, and collaborative environment that contributes to the intellectual and ethical growth of the Boston College community.

Masks are Required

  • No Mask, No Entry
  • Library users must wear a mask at all times, even when seated and studying
  • Library staff will ask users without a mask on to leave

Social Work Library Food and Beverage Policy

  • No eating or drinking in the library

Reserve a Study Room or Camera

  • Currently the study rooms are unavailable.
  • Cameras are available for 4 hour reservations per group.

Using the Equipment

  • Report any damage or equipment failures to the Circulation Desk. If damage is discovered after your use without notification, you may be held responsible.

Library staff reserve the right to remind library users of the policy and then ask them to leave the library if they are unwilling to comply.

Interpretation of the policy is at the discretion of the Social Work Library’s staff.

Social Work Library Collection

The SWL serves the needs of the Boston College School of Social Work, as well as the related needs of researchers and students in the other social sciences. The Social Work Library bibliographers select materials based on user requests, curricular needs and knowledge of the discipline. The bibliographers collaborate with the School of Social Work community and purchase requests by faculty and graduate students whenever possible.


Disciplinary Scope and Collecting Emphases

Teaching and research support for faculty and grad students and curricular support for graduate students are the primary goals. Social work as a discipline cuts across many subject areas including but not limited to:

  • behavioral and developmental sciences
  • psychoanalysis
  • neurosciences
  • clinical psychology
  • social psychology
  • sociology
  • environmental science
  • business
  • ministry
  • epidemiology
  • political science
  • biology
  • allied health
  • culture studies
  • The depth and breadth of selected disciplinary areas collected depends on the School of Social Work’s areas of research and curricular needs as well.


    Format Selection

    Format decisions follow the General Collection Development Policy. We do consider preferences of patrons, curricular needs, and other factors.

    • Journals are purchased with perpetual, electronic access whenever possible. Online backfiles are purchased to augment available content or replace print versions.
    • Monographs are preferably purchased as e-books to support wider access. Exceptions may be made at individual user request.
    • Bibliographic databases or indexes are exclusively purchased in electronic format and purchased for the widest possible audience.
    • Data resources are purchased to serve the School of Social Work community or the broader BC community whenever possible.


    The majority of selections are for English language material. Spanish language materials are acquired regularly as well. Acquisitions in other languages are made based on faculty request or a specific need.


    Selection focuses on current scholarship, but retrospective acquisitions are made following changes to the curriculum or other specific needs.


    Retention of Materials

    Retention follows the General Collection Development Policy.


    Acceptance of Gifts

    Gifts are accepted according to the General Gifts Policy.

    General Contact Information

    Social Work Library, McGuinn B38
    Boston College
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3810

    Phone: 617-552-0109

    Maps and Directions to Boston College

    The Social Work Library is located on the lower ground floor of McGuinn Hall.

    • Last Updated: Jun 30, 2021 4:36 PM

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