Social Work

Our social work collection includes materials related to program assessment, interpersonal practice, policy and advocacy, fundraising, nonprofit management, research, and professional practice. We purchase materials addressing the needs of children, women, people who identify as LGBTQI+, veterans, and aging populations, within a social service and policy context.

The collection supports the research and teaching of the School of Social Work, as well as researchers working in allied fields. Areas of collection strengths include community change, social policy, nonprofit management and leadership, global social work practice, program evaluation and applied research, child and family welfare, and interpersonal practice in health and health care. Works presented in the contexts of privilege, oppression, diversity, and social justice are also important in social work materials.

The social work collection contains material in all formats, including print, electronic, video, and others. While the primary language is English, acquisition of materials in other languages is supported as necessary. 

Important related collections 

The breadth of the School of Social Work has lead to numerous meaningful collaborations with other campus libraries and programs, including the Kresge Library Services of the Ross School of Business and the Ford School of Public Policy.

Research guides

Online exhibit

Key databases

Cueva de Los Manos, part of a group of ancient cave paintings in Argentina.


Darlene P Nichols

Social Work Librarian

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