Columbia's New Social Work Library Now Open

NEW YORK, September 2, 2004 Columbia University’s new Social Work Library, located in the recently constructed School of Social Work building at 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, between 121st Street and Morningside Drive, is now open.


“We are very excited to be welcoming students through these doors this fall,” said Jane Winland, director of the Social Sciences Division at the Libraries. “The new 7,000 square foot library presents unprecedented opportunities for the Libraries to meet the research needs of Columbia’s School of Social Work community and others who use the Social Work Library’s collections and services.”

The new, state-of-the-art Social Work 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, and a library instructional facility. 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.


Services include reference assistance, research consultations, circulation and course reserves, library instruction, computing facilities, and after-hours study space.

For further information about the new Social Work Library, please contact Alysse Jordan, Social Work Librarian, at or 212-851-2195.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

09/02/04 JD