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

Phone: 510-642-4432
Fax: 510-643-1476


photograph: bookshelves in Social Welfare Library reading room

Library resources for faculty

Welcome to the Social Welfare Library at UC Berkeley. Our library is part of the UC Berkeley Library, one of the finest and largest libraries in the United States. There are over twenty libraries on the UC Berkeley campus. In addition, the UC Berkeley Library is part of the California Digital Library, a ten-campus consortium of UC libraries.

The library’s collection focuses not just on narrowly-defined social work subjects, but supports the broader mission of the School to explore ways to “change the systems that perpetuate poverty and social disadvantage.” Such a mission is, by its nature, multidisciplinary, and the library’s core collection is extended by related collections at the Public Health, Education-Psychology, Biosciences, and Main libraries. Together, these libraries offer a rich base for research and practice in all areas of social work.

The Social Welfare Library is partnered with the Education-Psychology Library, and the librarians for both serve as liaisons to the School of Social Welfare, Graduate School of Education, and Department of Psychology. They provide a first point of contact for information about library policies, procedures and services. They also provide specialized reference consultations, offer course-related library instruction, create online library course guides, advise on the design of library-related assignments, and purchase books, digital resources, journals and other library materials.

Assistance for faculty

The library offers a range of research services for faculty, including:

  • individual training for faculty in online resources
  • research assistance
  • training for faculty research assistants and teaching assistants
  • course-related instructional workshops for students
  • assistance for faculty and staff in the School’s research units

For these or any other research needs, please contact the librarian.

Collection development

The library works closely with School of Social Work faculty to build the collection in areas of faculty research and School curriculum. The library welcomes suggestions, recommendations, and participation from faculty. The School of Social Welfare also has a faculty advisory committee on the library, which has been very helpful through the years.

The UC Berkeley Library maintains a start-up fund for new faculty. These funds are intended to strengthen collections in the areas of research of new faculty.

Please contact the librarian to learn more about this fund and how faculty can assist in collection development.

Using the library system

Scholarly Publishing

The UC Libraries and campuses have been very involved in recent scholarly publishing endeavors and events. New technologies, the escalating cost of digital resources, and market issues have all contributed to change and vulnerability in the scholarly communication landscape. Consult a librarian or the links below for more information.

UC Berkeley Scholarly Communication: Learn about issues up for debate, proposed changes, arguments, and new models.

BRII: Learn how the UCB Library Research Impact Initiative can support your efforts to publish in open access publications.

OASIS: Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook.

UC Office of Scholarly Communication: Reshaping Scholarly Communication. Find information about the NIH mandate, the Springer-UC open access pilot, and the Harvard faculty's support for open access.

SPARC: Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition.

Copyright in Teaching, Research and Publishing: UC Berkeley Library.


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