About the Social Work Library


One of the world's premiere collections in social work and social services resides in Columbia University's Social Work Library. The collection provides comprehensive coverage of the various areas of social work including child welfare, gerontology, health and health care, international social welfare, marriage and the family, and social policy.

More than 75,000 volumes support Columbia’s School of Social Work community, including 225 print journal subscriptions, a video collection for classroom and in-library use, and a growing collection of online books, journals, and databases.

The new, state-of-the-art Social Work Library moved to the Columbia University School of Social Work's new facility at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue in August 2004.  The 7,000 square foot library features spacious stacks and reading rooms with natural light and pleasant views, wireless connectivity, multi-media viewing stations, group study rooms with multi-media capabilities, a library instructional facility, and after-hours study space.

The collection's gems include the Brookdale Memorial collection on Gerontology and the unique Social Work Agency Collection, which includes ephemera and reports starting well before 1900 and is housed in the Lehman Social Sciences Library. Special materials related to this collection, including New York area settlement house materials and papers related to the Community Services Society of New York, can be viewed in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.