SSW Placement: New York

Using libraries near your placement -  tips for SSW students:

  • Remember that you have broad access to Smith library resources and services.  We can meet most of your needs.
  • If you want to use another library, find the listing below or search LibWeb for more options
  • Before visiting, contact the library in advance for information about access, borrowing and on-site use.  Policies vary widely.
  • Questions?  Email

NOTE: Library access, especially in metropolitan New York can be expensive, if not impossible. If needed, ask about a Metro referral card at one of these public libraries: New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queensborough Public Library, or one of the libraries in the Westchester Library System. The Metro referral card will offer you access to selected academic libraries and will bypass access fees. (Metro referral cards don't carry borrowing privileges, FYI.) Check the metro directory at to see if the cards are accepted at the library you wish to use and contact the library in advance for current regulations.

New York City Area

Brooklyn College
Brooklyn College Library
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

circulation: 718-951-5335
reference: 718-951-5628

Access to the Brooklyn College Library is restricted.  Please contact them in advance for current regulations.

Brooklyn Public Library
Central Library
Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

phone: 718-230-2100

College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10314

circulation: 718 982-4011
reference: 718 982-4010

Columbia University
Social Work Library
1255 Amsterdam Ave., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10027

phone: 212-851-2194
reference: 212-851-2196

Get a Metrocard referral from a public library or contact Columbia's Library Information Office  for current fees and regulations.

City University of New York
CUNY Libraries
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10036

branch pages:

No access is possible without a Metrocard referral from a public library.

Fordham University - Rose Hill Campus
Walsh Library
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

circulation: 718-817-5109
reference: 718-817-3586

Access to the Walsh Library is restricted.  Please contact them in advance for current regulations.

Hunter College
Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library
2180 Third Ave at 119th St
New York, NY 10035

circulation: 212-396-7655
reference: 212-396-7656

No access is possible without a Metrocard referral from a public library.

New York Public Library
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

reference: 212-930-0830

New York University
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012-1091

circulation: 212-998-2530
reference: 212-998-2500
privileges office: 212-998-2550

Access to the Bobst Library is restricted.  Please contact them in advance for current regulations.

Dutchess/Ulster County

SUNY - New Paltz
Sojourner Truth Library
300 Hawk Dr
New Paltz, NY 12561-2493

circulation: 845 257-3714
reference: 845 257-3710

Vassar College
Vassar College Libraries
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY, 12604-002

circulation: 845-437-5760
reference: 845-437-5766

Upstate NY

Cornell University
Olin Library
Ithaca, NY 14853

circulation: 607-255-4245
reference: 607-255-4144

Ithaca College
Ithaca College Library
953 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850-7002

circulation: 607-274-3206
reference: 607-274-3890

SUNY - Albany
University Library
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

circulation: 518-442-3569
reference: 518-442-3553

State University of New York College at Cortland
Memorial Library
Cortland, NY 13045

circulation: 607-753-2526
reference: 607-753-2590

Syracuse University
E.S. Bird Library
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

circulation: 315-443-2415
reference: 315-443-4083