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Our Library


The library serves the Brown School’s social work and public health students, and its faculty, and staff, and graduates. 

The library, which is open to the public, is home to one of the finest collections in the nation in the fields of child welfare, community development, family therapy, mental health, children and youth, gerontology, public welfare, management of human services, and social policy.

Approximately 52,000 books, journals, publications and audiovisuals comprise the library's total collection.

The library subscribes to more than 450 periodicals in paper and electronic format.

The library has access to numerous online databases and full-text journals. 

Subject bibliographies of current library holdings are available on African Americans, Alcoholism, American Indians, Asian Americans, Children, Families & Youth, Diversity, Elderly, Family Therapy, Gay & Lesbian Issues, Gerontology, Hispanic Americans, Mental Health, Minorities, Multiculturalism, Social and Economic Development, Women, and the Wortman Collection.   

Librarians are available to assist with online database searching, bibliographies, reference queries, and searching the Washington University Libraries' catalog.

Brown School Graduates:  Several online databases, including SocINDEX for Alumni are available for use.  Learn more here.


H. Sylvia Toombs, Director
(314) 935-8644

Lori Siegel, Reference/Subject Librarian
(314) 935-4064

Virginia (Ginny) Vendt, Administrative Assistant
(314) 935-8312

Main Phone:
(314) 935-6633

Library Hours


Regular library hours are subject to change during intersession, holidays, and inclement weather. When any of the listed conditions exist, please call before making a long trip to the library (314) 935-6633.  

Spring 2014 Session (January 13 - May 16, 2014)

Spring Semester Hours:
Noon - Midnight
8:30 AM - Midnight
Tues. - Thurs.
8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Martin Luther King, Jr. DayJanuary 20



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