The Schools of Social Work and Public Health Library (SWPHL) is a graduate- and doctoral-level branch of the Hunter College Libraries.  Located on the main floor of the Silberman Building, SWPHL maintains a dynamic, comprehensive, integrated library serving the academic and research needs of the Silberman School of Social Work and the CUNY School of Public Health. 

The library’s collections contain over 50,000 print books, a wide array of electronic books, print and electronic reference materials, over 200 print journals, 100,000 electronic journals and 300 electronic databases.  SWPHL is a pick-up/drop-off site for CLICS, which facilitates the sharing of books between all 19 of the CUNY system libraries.  Likewise, SWPHL participate in the interlibrary loan program which is a national consortium of academic libraries that share resources.  These reciprocal agreements allow the patrons of SWPHL extensive access to a multitude of collections.

SWPHL Faculty provide drop-in and by appoint reference services, research consultations, classroom and individual instruction.  Both the Silberman AV-ICIT Team and the School for Social Work Writing Program provide services as guest collaborators at SWPHL.  The library has 7 group study rooms, group and silent study areas, desktop computers, photocopiers, printing stations and a book scanner. 

Library Faculty and Staff:

Margaret Bausman
Assistant Professor and Interim Acting Head Librarian
John Pell
Assistant Professor and Public Health Librarian
Mason Brown
Instructor and Public Health Librarian
Arlene Shapiro
CUNY Office Assistant
Ann Thompson
CUNY Office Assistant


General SWPHL Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon to 6 p.m.

See the Hunter College Libraries Hours page for changes, updates and holiday hours

Information on additional Hunter College Libraries:

Click on library names below for more information:

Main Campus Library, 695 Park Avenue; (212) 772-4179
Health Professions Library, 425 East 25th Street; (212) 481-5117
The Judith & Stanley Zabar Art Library, 695 Park Avenue; (212) 772-5054

Other important Library links:

Hunter College Libraries
CUNY+ online catalog  
Social Work: Library Guide  
List of all Social Work Library Research Guides