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Social Work Library


About Us

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


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.

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.  

Reserve a Study Room or Camera

  • Reservations are limited to Boston College School of Social Work students, faculty, and staff.
  • Other Boston College community members may use the rooms when not occupied but must vacate the room for users with reservations.
  • 4 hours is the maximum amount of time for reservations per group.
  • Groups with reservations must check in at the Circulation Desk before using the study room.

Using the Rooms and Equipment

  • When not reserved, anyone may use the study room on a first come first serve bases. You must vacate the space when requested for groups with a valid reservation.
  • Groups that have not arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time will forfeit their reservation and the room will become available.
  • Food is not permitted. You may have drinks with lids only. Library staff will ask anyone with food to take their meal or snack outside the library or room. If the food is not removed, library staff will cancel the remaining reservation and ask the group to leave.
  • Groups using the study rooms are responsible for personal property and any library materials they have checked out. Do not leave your items unattended. The Social Work Library is not responsible or liable for lost or damaged items.
  • Report any damage or equipment failures to the Circulation Desk. If damage is discovered after your use without notification, you may be held responsible.

Approved 1/2020

Social Work Library Food and Beverage Policy

This policy is intended to preserve library materials and to protect facilities from rodents and other pests.  It is also intended to create a more pleasant environment for all library users.

Library staff (including library student assistants) 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.

  • Inside group study rooms and around all technology stations including computers, printers, and scanners:
    • No food
    • Beverages in covered containers only
  • All other areas in the library:
    • Snacks are permitted but NOT meals or noisy, messy, or aromatic foods.
    • Beverages in covered containers only


  • Salads
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Cafeteria meals
  • Takeout
  • Soup


  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Candy
  • Yogurt

Approved 6/2017 

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