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Social Work

Welcome to the Social Work subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Main Library

Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LJ

Email: is.helpdesk@ed.ac.uk

Getting to know the Main Library

This Main Library tour was created prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and is still very useful for finding out what resources, services and facilities are available in the Main Library and familiarising yourself with the building. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic there are changes to access to the building and availability of physical resources, services and facilities. Make sure you check the Library Services Update website for full information and to keep up-to-date with current situation.

Where are the Social Work books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Social Work. Most of the books in the Main Library are in the HUB Collection on the ground floor or on the 2nd or 3rd floors, depending on their shelfmark.

The most common shelfmarks for Social Work start with:

HV Social Pathology, Social and Public Welfare and Criminology.
RA Public aspects of medicine, including public health and mental health.

Remember the Library has access to thousands of e-books which you can access via DiscoverEd.

Centre for Research Collections

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives, University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and more.

The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.

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In 2018 the Department of Social Work at Edinburgh University celebrated its centenary. On the back of this a project was put together to catalogue and re-house several archival collections all relating to Social Studies at Edinburgh at the CRC. You can read more about this project, the collections being conserved, catalogued and rehoused and the stories found on the Advisors, Advocates & Activists blog.

Other University of Edinburgh Libraries

There are 10 other site libraries at the University that you can visit and use. 

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