School of Social Work


The Library came into being following the establishment (by the Jesuit Fathers) of the School of Social Work in 1964, and its subsequent association with the then University of Rhodesia in 1969. Its mandate was to support the teaching, learning & research functions of the School of Social Work, in terms of information provision and reading space. The School of Social Work, then, was only offering the Certificate  and the Diploma in Social Work programmes. In the year 2000, the Jesuits ceded the administration of the School of Social Work to the University of Zimbabwe, under the ambit of the Faculty of Social Studies. The Library became a Branch of the University of Zimbabwe Library. It is geographically-detached from the University of Zimbabwe’s Mt Pleasant Campus and is located at Corner Chinhoyi & Grant St. in the City of Harare.  To date, the Library caters for about 500 students who are pursuing their Certificate, Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral programmes respectively. It also caters for UZ wide clientele as well as researchers from sister Universities in the country.


The SSW Library holds approximately 13 000 books and about 151 Journal titles. It has a sitting capacity of about 98 users at any given time. The Library uses the Browne Manual Circulation System but plans are afoot to have it automated and migrate to KOHA database management system.


School of Social Work

Chinhoyi Street/Grant Street






Library Opening Hours

Monday -Thursday  08:30-16:30 Hours

Friday              08:30-16:00 Hours

Closed  Saturdays, Sundays & Public holidays



 To meet the Library’s vision and mission, the library offers the following products and services to its patrons.


The library serves a variety of users, but studying mainly Social Work issues. The biggest fraction of the library’s clientele are students pursuing Social Work degree programmes, as well as teaching staff and other researchers. The following categories of staff are eligible to use the library.

  • Academic and non- academic staff of the School of Social Work & the University of Zimbabwe
  • Researchers from other institutions ( For a Day Pass fee)


Outreach Services

The Library supports the School of Social Work’s community outreach programmes by providing reading material and referral services.


ICTs & E-Resources

Plans are under way to have the Library automated. It is hoped that once this is in place students, staff and researchers will be able to access information electronically.



The library offers circulation services to its users. Ordinary loan period is one week for students and two weeks for staff. Students can borrow a maximum of 4 books plus one from the Reserve Section. Teaching staff are allowed 9 books plus one from the Reserve Section at any given time. Students borrow reserve books from 12pm for overnight reading, and these are returnable by 9 am the next day. This also applies to teaching staff, unless there is a special arrangement. Non-teaching staff are in the category of students where the same rules apply. Failure to observe the rules and regulations will attract a fine to both students and staff.

Day Pass users are not allowed to borrow library material but may be allowed to photocopy on request and upon leaving an identification card with Senior Library Assistant at the Circulation Desk.


Circulation Desk

The library has a lending desk that offers:

  • issue, return and renewal of books
  • fine payments
  • lending enquiries


Reserve Section

This is where the Circulation Desk is situated, and also where highly used books or books on high demand are placed. The books are borrowed for short durations to ensure an even distribution to clients. Fines are levied if books are not returned on time. Fine guidelines are provided centrally by the UZ Main Library. For those rushing to their lectures in the morning, users can drop reserve books in a Book Drop by the Library entrance before 8:30 am.

To minimise workload in filing issues, the Library has done away with the short-term loan book portfolio until and when it is automated.


Reference books

The library provides access to such material like dictionaries, atlases, encyclopedias of social sciences, directories, handbooks etc.



The library has a separate periodicals section. These deal with social work issues, echoing the Library’s thrust as a Special Library. The periodicals cannot be borrowed out of the Library but can be photocopied.


Study Area

The library has a sitting capacity of 98 users at any given time. Silence should be observed all the time. Eating, drinking, smoking, talking and cell-phoning is strictly prohibited. There are power-points around the study area and users can plug their laptops there.



Users are free to approach any library staff for help as and when they need assistance. The same applies if one has suggestions to make.



School of Social Work Librarian
Mr Mike Mutanga

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Senior Library Assistant 1
Ms Clemencia Musharu

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+263-4-303211-19 ext 12007