With holdings at about 39,000 pieces, SSA Library's collections cover all aspects of social services, social welfare, and social work, including material on child welfare, public welfare, mental health, and urban policy, as well as information on psychotherapy,  the aged, and delinquency. In addition to book and journal holdings, the Library has a collection of microfilms, microfiche, and pamphlets.


  • The general book collection is located on the west side of the library (see SSA floorplan) and is arranged by call number. 
  • Search the Library Catalog to find items in all campus libraries, including books, periodicals, sound recordings, videos, DVDs and more. 
  • Watch a brief video tutorial, Using the Library Catalog (SSA) for more information. 



  • The reference collection is located east of the general book collection (see SSA floorplan).
  • Items are arranged by call number, and are primarily for use in the SSA Library, but can be checked out overnight.

Course Reserve Materials

  • The SSA Library maintains a reserve collection for courses taught at the School of Social Service Administration. 
  • To view course reserve lists, login to Chalk with your CNET ID and password.
  • Reserve items may be requested by call number at the SSA circulation desk.
  • Please be aware of the due date and time when checking out reserve items since fines for late returns are steep.
  • See the Library guide to Finding Course Reserves for more information.
  • For faculty: See the Library guide to Setting Up Library Course Reserves for detailed instructions.


Records for most U. of C. dissertations (1893+ ) should appear in our Library Catalog, and ProQuest's dissertation database.  The University of Chicago relies on the ProQuest dissertation database for dissertations completed after June 2009 and forward. The Library holds a print copy of most University of Chicago doctoral dissertations deposited before Summer 2009, as well as some early masters' theses. Records for our dissertations appear in ProQuest's dissertation database within 8-12 weeks after convocation. Records will appear in the Library Catalog also, but this takes about a year.