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Social and Community Work: Books

Many books for Social Work begin with the call number HV and are shelved on the first floor of the Central Library.  Many more books with related and/or specific topics can be found throughout the Library's collections.  Find them by searching Library Search | Ketu and/or check out the recommended books below.  

Distance Students find out more about having books mailed directly to you using the Home Delivery Service.

Reference books are great places to start when learning about a new topic or creating a search strategy. The titles below are recommended, but not inclusive.

These databases contain ebooks with Social Work content.  Many of these ebooks can also be found searching Library Search | Ketu.

An RSS feed of new books just added to the University of Otago Library collections.

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Southern PHO and participating public libraries in the Otago, Central, Waitaki and Southland areas have joined together to offer the Books on Prescription programme.

GPs or other health professional in the programme may prescribe a book to a patient that addresses a particular problem. The patient then borrows the book from their local library.Students may encounter the scheme while on clinical placement in the community.

The University of Otago Health Sciences Library holds a collection of these books for the teaching, learning and wellbeing of staff and students.

Find out more about our Books on Prescription collection.

If you need a book that is not available here at Otago, you can borrow it from another library via Interloan:

  • All loans from NZ and Australia are FREE.

  • Overseas loans (not available in NZ or Australia) are $25. This can be charged to a department, research grant or paid for personally. We will check with you first before sourcing an overseas item.

How do I improve my book searching techniques?

Want to brush up on your book searching skills?  Start with the Self Help guide:

Interloan service

Found a citation to a book but it is not in the Otago collection? 

If you need a book that is not available in print or as an ebook at this library, request a copy using the Interloan service.