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SSW Students: Request Materials

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While on campus during the summer session, School for Social Work students should follow the regular process for requesting materials. See Request Materials for more information.

While on placement during the academic year, the Libraries have some special procedures in place to help SSW students get the materials they need for their research. See below for more information.


We can mail Smith (not Five College) books to you at no charge

  • Send requests to
  • Do NOT use Request Item in the online catalog
  • Note: Books are subject to recall; see below for details.  

If Smith does not own the book, we will usually buy it for the library and mail it to you

If Smith does not own the book and we cannot buy it

  • We can check for locations near your placement site
  • You may also try interlibrary loan at your local public library
  • Do NOT request books via interlibrary loan; we cannot mail books from other libraries to you

Theses and Dissertations

We will mail Smith theses/dissertations to you at no charge

Most SSW master's theses 2007+ are online, as are SSW dissertations 2009+ in Smith ScholarWorks

Smith offers full-text access to many non-Smith dissertations/theses, too

Note: Books and theses are due on the first day of SSW classes in June -- but are subject to recall at any time

  • If you receive a recall notice, mail the item(s) back to Smith immediately (you pay shipping)
  • Questions about the recall notice?  Contact for advice or possible extensions.

Journal Articles

To see if an article is available online from Smith

If the article isn’t available online from Smith

Using Interlibrary Loan

If you live in the Northampton area, you may use Interlibrary Loan for both books and articles. If you are out of town, request articles and book chapters only. We cannot mail books from other libraries to you.

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For Help With...

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Obtaining Smith materials while on placement...



Interlibrary Loan requests...

Interlibrary Loan


Borrowing or renewing Smith books, and your patron record...



Research-related questions...

Teaching, Learning & Research


Suggesting library collection purchases...

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