Social Welfare Library
UC Berkeley
227 Haviland Hall #6000
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510-642-4432


photograph: lamps in the Social Welfare Library reading room

Social Welfare Library Collection

The library's collection is designed to serve the research needs of the faculty, staff and students of the School of Social Welfare. The School is research-based, has a strong clinical and fieldwork component, and has an explicit commitment to interdisciplinarity. Our collection therefore focuses not just on narrowly-defined social work, but supports the broader mission of the School to explore ways to "change the systems that perpetuate poverty and social disadvantage." The library provides a research base for the four research units affiliated with the School, researchers from related disciplines, as well as local social workers, alumni, and the general public.

The collection contains approximately 36,500 volumes. A sample of recently acquired titles suggests the range of the library's book collection. The library still subscribes to more than 75 journals in print, though as resources have moved from print to online, Social Welfare Library users now have instant access to thousands of online journals and indexing services. Core research databases include Social Work Abstracts, Social Services Abstracts, and PsycInfo. Additional related databases may be found here.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of social work, the Social Welfare Library's collection is one part of an ensemble of campus libraries -- primarily, the Education-Psychology, Public Health, Doe and Biosciences libraries -- that maintain collections in related disciplines such as public health, public policy, sociology, education, and psychology. Our collection is concentrated in call number areas broadly related to psychology, families and marriage, social work, and psychiatry and psychoanalysis.

We welcome recommendations of books or journals to purchase. Please contact us as well if you have donations you believe would benefit the collection.

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