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Social Work Library


Fall Openning

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)

Policies and Procedures for Fall 2020

The following changes will be in place at the Social Work Library (SWL) at the start of the fall semester and will remain in force until further notice. Please keep in mind that other campus libraries may have different imposed limitations.

  • Masks and social distancing. All patrons of the SWL must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while inside the library and practice social distancing as defined by the CDC. Staff will wear a mask while in all public areas within the library.
  • De-densification. Like other campus libraries, the SWL had to significantly reduce the number of patrons in the library at any one time. All the tables in the library seat one person. The SWL is suitable for those looking for individual, quiet study space.
    • O’Neill Library has designated the third floor as the “Noise space.”
  • Food and drinks prohibited. Eating and drinking are prohibited in the SWL. The decision was made to prevent patrons from removing their masks.
  • No non-BC members. The SWL will be available to current BC members only.
    • Alumni may contact Hannah Ha at for remote assistance.
  • Group study rooms. Until further notice, the group study rooms will be a “staff only” space used to quarantine library materials and as a staff work area.
  • Study carrels. This fall, the carrels in the SWL will not be available.
  • Physical course reserves. The SWL has made every effort to purchase required readings in the electronic format (when available.) For the required reading materials that are only available in print, the library has purchased multiple copies.
    • Please first check in the "Library resources and course reserves" link on your course Canvas site for required readings. Contact Shannon Fiske at for any course readings that you still need.
  • Returning library books. To minimize handling risk, patrons are encouraged to use book drops. (The book return slot to the left of the SWL entrance; the box just outside the Theology and Ministry Library; and the book return slot on the first floor of O’Neill Library.)
  • Virtual reference & research assistance. To maximize safety, reference & research assistance will be provided by the SWL staff virtually. Library workshops will also be conducted remotely.
    • Contact Adam Williams at for reference & research assistance.
  • Quarantining books. To mitigate risk, the BC Libraries, following advice from the REopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) Project, has implemented a 7-day quarantine period for handled library materials. While an item is in quarantine, although it may appear to be available in the library catalog, it will not be accessible.