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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

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
2pm-10pm 2pm-10pm 2pm-10pm 2pm-10pm 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
Advait Varma
Alejandra Trejo
Donovan Shipley
Isabella Lora
Jayla Stallings
Jessica Rojas
Kyannah DePina
Lauryn Cadet
Le Ha Tran Nguyent
Paule Houng Beke
Paulina Martinez
Skylyn Senghor
Taylor Goodman-Leong
Alexandra Schaible
Telma Rodrigues
Mahana Abdalla
Jhevauni James

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.


Visiting Policy

BC Students, Staff, and Faculty

  • Masks are required unless you are fully vaccinated.

Visiting researchers and other campus visitors

  • Non-BC researchers may be admitted for consultations or access to collections. You must have proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result within 72 hours of your visit. Proof can be an original document, a photocopy, or a mobile photo of the document and must be presented upon request along with a government-issued form of identification.
  • Non-BC researchers are required to wear a mask at all times in library buildings.  


Food and Drinks Policy

  • No eating/food allowed in the Social Work Library.
  • Drinks with lids are allowed in the Social Work Library.


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.

In alignment with the School of Social Work's commitment to training students and scholars to serve diverse populations, the Social Work Library pays close attention to materials on historically marginalized groups, including women, racial minorities, and the LGBTQ+ community.


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

The Social Work Library is currently not accepting book donations. See BC Library Gift 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.