About the Library
The Lillian F. & Milford J. Harris Library at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is one of only a few professional social work libraries administered by a school of social work. It is available for use by students, staff, faculty and alumni, as well as the social work community. The collection of the Harris Library supports the school’s curriculum and research interests with holdings of approximately 35,000 volumes, 250 periodical subscriptions, and a variety of media materials.
Library workstations allow MSASS students easy access to the Online Public Access Library Catalog of Case Western Reserve University. The Library Catalog displays the holdings of all the campus libraries and includes information on books, reports, government documents, and journal titles. The Library Catalog may also be accessed outside of the library through the Internet.
To assist students, faculty and community members in their research, the Harris Library makes available computerized literature searching through the use of over 500 research databases and CD-ROM products. Citations to journal articles, book titles, documents, and dissertations can all be accessed by using these online resources.
The library maintains a website to provide an information resource for social work students, faculty, practitioners, and other human service workers in the greater Cleveland area.
Access to library holdings outside of the Case campus is made possible through the University’s participation in OhioLINK, a project funded by the Ohio Board of Regents to connect the libraries of all state funded universities, colleges and community colleges, as well as the State Library. Through the shared online catalog, students and faculty may request that a specific book be sent to them from a participating institution for pickup at the Harris Library or other Case campus library.
Through reciprocal borrowing arrangements, Case Western Reserve University students may also borrow directly from OhioLINK member libraries. Materials from the Cleveland Public Library may be borrowed for three weeks with a CleveNET card which may be obtained with proper identification.