About MSSW Library

MSSW Library promotes the use of E-resources from NLIST of INFLIBNET among its students and research scholars. This year the college has been ranked one among the top 10 users of the NLIST programme duing October and November 2019 for the third consecutive year.

MSSW Library caters to the academic and research needs of students, research scholars and faculty members of MSSW. It also serves to the users of other institutions on request. MSSW Library is a fully computerised library from 2002 onwards and introduced with bar-code facility. It has a Digital Library Section enabled with D-Space software. Digital Library includes research thesis, reports and institutional repositories. Individual password is provided to all MSSWians to access the e-resources (1000s of e-journals and ebooks) of NLIST, INFLIBNET.


  • 08.00 a.m. – 07.00 p.m (Monday-Friday)
  • 10.00 a.m. – 01.00 p.m (Saturday)
  • Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays


As per university of madras Norms,

  • Over 17000 books
  • Around 60 Journals & Magazines
  • Over 40,000 indexed journal articles
  • Digital Library with over 2000 digitized theses and other resources
  • Access to e-resources – (over 6000+ ejournals and 31,35,000+ ebooks) through NLIST programme of INFLIBNET
  • ‘Career Corner’ – with exclusive resources to aid preparation for competitive examinations
  • ‘Book Bank’ scheme to support the economically needy students with books for the whole semester


  • Fully Computerized Library with Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) to search the library resources with reservation facility
  • ‘Know our Library’ sessions to all the newly admitted students and research scholars
  • Auto generated e-mail alert for over-due books
  • Reference and Referral service
  • Current awareness service to the readers through new arrivals display, forthcoming programmes announcements, newsletter display, etc
  • ‘Information Literacy sessions’ to all final year students and research scholars to support their research–
  • Hands on training to access the library resources and e-resources
  • Indexing journal articles to enable searching a specific article through title, keywords, etc.
  • Institutional membership in British Council Library and American Library
  • Institutional Repository by using world popular open source software ‘D-space’ which includes theses, e-books, resource materials and publication of MSSW – books and Journal of Madras School of Social Work
  • Photocopying service subject to copyright restrictions
  • Facilitated ‘Book Swap’ scheme to enable swapping of personal collection of books among the interested readers
  • Book Bank facility to financially challenged students
  • Displaying the list of frequently borrowed resources and frequently borrowing members
  • Maintains the news clipping of ‘MSSW in Media’

Librarian’s Desk

Hello MSSWians,

MSSW Library always looks forward to have to you often in the library!. You can visit the library to access resources both on your academics and on your general interests , get updated with forthcoming programmes, join us in our ‘Reflection’, the readers forum or to get a peaceful place to sit and refresh your thoughts!!.

You can contact the librarian or assistant librarians at library@mssw.in for any query or suggestions.


Kadavul Pisasu Nilam by Agaramudhalvan

Library Week Celebrations 2022-2023

  • ‘Library Committee’ with student representative from each class and faculty representative from each department.
  • ‘Library Week Celebrations’ with book fair, number of competitions and prizes to students along with series of workshops on various topics like ‘Reflective Writing’, ‘Reading Techniques’, ‘Digital Poster Making’, ‘Story Telling’ and ‘Critical Thinking’
  • ‘Best Library User Award’ to the students who read extensively, uses MSSW library resources effectively and are interested in library related activities
  • ‘Reflection’ – Readers’ platform to discuss and debate various topics, articles, books, etc
  • ‘Igniting Minds’ – Community Extension Programme – Women student volunteers of MSSW work with the students of Mary Clubwala Jadhav Girls’ Higher Sec. School during the school library hour to help them develop their reading
  • MSSW Library’s week-long ‘Library Week Celebrations’ is a well-attended event in the campus. Students’ interests in the participation of events is an encouragement for the library to come up with more interesting programmes every year. Some of the events the library conducts during the library week celebrations are,
    •  Book fair,
    • Competitive events like dumb charades, treasure hunt, news hunt, quiz, Book talk, character write-up and so on
    • Motivational lecture by authors
    • Series of half-a-day workshop on various topics like ‘Reflective Writing’, ‘Reading Techniques’, ‘Digital Poster Making’, ‘Story Telling’ and ‘Critical Thinking’

Library Week Celebrations 2019-20

Date Event Details
02/12/19 to 06/12/19
Mon – Fri
‘Stick it up’ Your ‘’post it’ will state the book that changed your thoughts and why
‘Book Fair’ Books by different publishers will be sold with 15% discount
Workshop on ‘Reflective Writing’ Reflective Writing is writing with one’s own analysis, questioning and evaluation which will help to develop insights and new perspectives.

Resource Person: Ms.Kirthi Jeyakumar, Activist, Writer and Founder – Red Elephant Foundation, Chennai.

‘Dumb charades’ Genre: Novels
(Team Event. Maximum of three in a team).
Workshop on ‘Digital Poster making’ Communicating digitally is the order of the day. This workshop will help to learn the open source tools available online to prepare digital posters, flyers, etc.

Resource Person: Mr.Maruthu Pandian, Scientific Officer, Institute of Mathematical Sciences Library, Chennai.

‘Inspirational Book’ Talk about the book which inspired you. Duration: Max 4-5 minutes. (Individual Event).
Workshop on ‘Story Telling as a medium of Communication’ This workshop will facilitate to understand how ‘Story Telling’ can be used as an effective communication tool.

Resource Person:
Ms.Srividya Veeraraghavan, Story Teller, Founder – Story Train, Chennai.

‘Meme creation’ Create an instant meme in the library. Topic will be given on the spot. (Individual event).
Workshop on ‘Critical thinking’ Critical thinking is the ability to think rationally by raising logical questions. This workshop will through light on critical thinking as a purpose of education.
Resource Person: Ms.Sharda Suresh, Fellow, Teach for India
‘Character Write-up’ Write about the character from a book whom you choose to meet and state why. 500 words max. (Individual Event).
Workshop on ‘Reading Techniques’ This workshop will help to learn various techniques and skills required for reading and provide tips to improve one’s reading.

Resource Person: Ms.Kirthi Jeyakumar, Activist, Writer and Founder – Red Elephant Foundation, Chennai.

‘Treasure Hunt’ Identify the treasure inside the library in the given time. (Maximum of two in a team).
Prize Distribution & A Special Lecture on
“My Readings and My Experiences”
by Ms.Maanasi,
a young avid reader
(A recent article about her published in the Tamil Hindu can be accessed at

Programmes organized by ‘Reflections’,
A Reader’s Forum of MSSW Library during 2019-2020

Observing UN Days

MSSW Library observes important International days of United Nations Organisation like World Health Day, International Women’s Day, International Day of Democracy and so on to create awareness among students. To commemorate the day, the library organises a lecture on the topic or displays its resources on the specified theme in the library on that day.

Reflection, Readers Forum

MSSW Library has an active Readers’ Forum which includes interested students of MSSW. Main aim of the forum is to make them ‘Read, Review and Reflect’. Therefore, every month it organises a programme viz., book reflection, article review, discussion on various current topics and so on. Students who make presentations will be awarded with prizes.

Discussion on Draft National Education Policy, 2019 – 05th July, 2019

Reflection, the readers’ forum of MSSW Library organised a ‘Discussion on draft National Education Policy, 2019’ on 05th July, 2019 during 12 – 1.30 p.m. at the college auditorium. Prof.Vasanthi Devi, former Vice-Chancellor of Manonmaniam Sundaranar University and Mr.Prince Gajendra Babu, State Platform for Common School System reflected on the draft policy. Around 190 people (students and faculty members) attended the programme.

Reflection on the book “7 habits of highly effective people” by Stephen Covey

Book Reflection on “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R.Covey was organized on 02nd August 2019 at MSSW Library. Each habit was read, reviewed and reflected by each student. It was interesting to listen to the refection of each student with his or her own perspectives. All the presenters were given away the same book “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” at the end of the programme.

Madras Week Celebration on 6th Sep.2019

A discussion was arranged on the topic “MADRAS” on account of Madras Week Celebrations, 2019. Three different articles on Madras were presented by Ms.Gavya, II MSW (A), Ms.Sathyaraj, I MA-DM and Mr.Krishna, III B.Sc. There was a discussion facilitated among the students after the presentation and the entire session was moderated by Mr.Gajndran, Assistant Professor, Department of Development Management, MSSW.

UN’s International Day of Democracy – 17th Sep.2019

MSSW Library observes certain important International days declared by United Nations. One such day is International Day of Democracy which falls on every 15th September. The theme for the year 2019 is announced by UN as ‘Participation’. Hence MSSW Library has organised a dialogue on the topic, “Participation of Youth in Deepening Democracy”. The programme was attended by students and faculty members of MSSW. Dr.Kennedy Stephensan Vaseekaran, Associate Professor, Dept of Political Science, University of Madras addressed the students and moderated the discussion.

Celebration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhi with the theme “Gadhiyaip Pessuvom” – 04th October, 2019

Reflection of MSSW Library celebrated the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gandhi on 04/10/2019 between 2.30 p.m. and 04.00 p.m. with the theme “Gadhiyaip Pessuvom”. The programme has a book reflection and an article discussion. Ms.Ramya, I MSW (A) made a presentation on the book “Endrum Gandhi” by Aasai which has 48 articles on Gandhi. Ms.Swarna made a presentation on an article “If Bapu lived in our times” by Yogendra Yadhav. Mr.K.Saravanan, State Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Tamil Nadu and Pondichery was the Guest Speaker and the moderator for the discussion on the article presented. The discussion was well attended by the students, faculty members and some outsiders.

Discussion on Union Budget 2020 – 10th February 2020

‘Reflection’, the readers’ forum of MSSW Library has organised a discussion session on “Union Budget 2020 and the People” with Prof.Venkatesh B.Athreya, Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai on 10th Feb.2020. Students from different departments participated in the programme. Prof.Athreya talked in detail about budget evaluation, various budget concepts like capital receipts, budget deficit, revenue deficit and fiscal deficit. Then he threw light on the budget 2020-21 in the context of employment, agrarian economy, GDP growth rate and so on. At the end, questions from the participants were clarified by the speaker.

Library Committee

MSSW Library has a vibrant library committee consisting of

Principal, Chairman
Librarian, Secretary
Faculty member from each department, as faculty representative
Student from each class as student representative
Library Committee extents its support to the library in the following ways,
  • Acting as a bridge between the users and the library
  • Offering suggestions for betterment of the library
  • Conducting the library events
  • Recommending the books for weeding out
  • Stock verification

Library Committee Meeting Minutes

Salient Features of the Library

  • A vibrant ‘Library Committee’ comprising of student representatives from each class and faculty representatives from each department.
  • ‘Know our Library’ sessions to all new students, research scholars and faculty members.
  • Information Literacy sessions to final year students and research scholars to support their research.
  • Sponsored workshops for faculty members and research scholars
  • Inclusive collection building by involving students in the book selection
  • ‘Best Library User Award’ for students who read extensively, use the MSSW library resources effectively and show interest in library related activities.
  • Library week celebration with Book Fair, competitive events, workshops and lectures
  • ‘Reflection’ – Readers’ platform to discuss and debate various topics, articles, books, etc
  • Observing important International days by displaying the relevant collections
  • ‘Igniting Minds’ – Community Extension Programme – Women student volunteers of MSSW work with the students of Mary Clubwala Jadhav Girls’ Higher Sec. School during the school library hour to help them develop their reading.
  • Feedback from students for further improvement of Library Services

Know Your Library

  • Library conducts ‘Know our Library’ sessions to the newly recruited faculty members, newly admitted students and research scholars,class wise.
  • Shelf guide is displayed in each shelf with indications of shelf numbers, classification numbers and subject headings.

Library Guidelines

  • Students must wear their ID and mark their attendance while entering the library
  • Permitted Number of Resourcesfor TransactionUGstudents                            : 3(including periodicals)PG students                            : 4 (including periodicals)Research Scholars                : 5 (Full-time) and 2 (Part-time)
  • Books issued may be recalled by the Librarian in case of necessity.
  • Students are provided with the facility of reserving a book which is already lent and in circulation. If a book is reserved by more than one student, it will be issued based on reservation’s seniority list.
  • Books can be borrowed for a duration of ONE WEEK. Two extensions may be obtained, provided there is no reservation made for it by other members of the library.
  • If any book borrowed is not returned or renewed on the due date, overdue charges of Re.1/- per day will be levied for 10 days. From the 11th day, it will be increased to Rs.2/- per day.
  • In case, a student loses a book, he/she must replace the book (same title and same author), otherwise triple the cost of the book must be paid as per Government rule.
  • Reference books, back volumes of journals, dissertations and CD-ROMs are for reference only.
  • Students can bring only one small notebook inside the library. Their other belongings are to be kept on the desk provided outside the library.
  • Photocopying facility is provided for the library resources (subject to copyright restriction). Re.1/- per page will be charged.

NLIST (e-Shodh Sindhu)

Online Access – Journals Subscribed by MSSW

  • Psychology and Developing Societies
  • Journal of Entrepreneurship
  • Indian Journal of Gender Studies
  • Journal of Health  Management
  • Social Change
  • Environment and Urbanization Asia
  • Vision
  • Management and Labour Studies
  • South Asian Journal of Human Resources Management
  • Vikalpa Journal

If you have not yet got the password to access the above e-resources, please send a mail to library@mssw.in

Open Access E-Resources



Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Everything from Project Gutenberg is gratis, libre, and completely without cost to readers.  


Textbooks.org allows downloading 1,000 free PDF ebooks written by top university professors


Book boon provides free textbooks written by professors from the world’s top universities, covering topics like Economics and Business.


Online Economics Textbooks


Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) was launched in 2003 at Lund University, Sweden, with 300 open access journals. Today, it contains over 12000 open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. It is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.



Hindawi is an open access publishing for the scientific community whose purpose is maximizing the impact of research through openness.


Scientific Research Publishing

Scientific Research Publishing (SCIRP) is one of the largest Open Access journal publishers. It is currently publishing more than 200 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines.


Springer Open

Springer Open, launched in June 2010, includes Springer’s portfolio of 200+ peer-reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science. Springer Open journals and books are made freely and permanently available online immediately upon publication. They are subject to high-level peer review.


E -Theses and Dissertations

Networked Digital Libraries of Theses and Dissertations

NDLTD is an international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination, and preservation of electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). It supports electronic publishing and open access to scholarship in order to enhance the sharing of knowledge worldwide. 



PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge. User can quickly and easily locate dissertations and theses relevant to their discipline, and view the complete text in PDF format.



DSpace@MIT is a digital repository for MIT’s research, including peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, working papers, theses, and more.


National Digital Library of India

Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDL India) pilot project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. NDL India is designed to hold content of any language and provides interface support for leading Indian languages. It is being developed at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.


Information Literacy

‘Information Literacy’ sessions offered to all final year PG students and Research Scholars on the topics –

  • Accessing Scholarly E-resources
  • Writing Review of Literature
  • Citing and Referencing Sources and
  • Writing Research Reports without Plagiarism and Copyright Violation

Digital Library

To keeppace with the demands of the digital age, MSSW Library has a digital library section with exclusive computers and has built the digital collection with the world-famous open source software known as D-space. Digital Library includes, over 2000 research theses, educational resources and institutional repository of books and journals published by MSSW. Research theses of previous years can be accessed based on title, keyword, researchers, year, research guide and so on.

MSSW Library also facilitates the access to e-resources of NLIST through individual password to faculty members, research scholars and students of MSSW. Over 6000 e-journals and 31,00,000 ofeBooks can be accessed through this password from anywhere, at any time from the NLIST collection. To access NLIST resources, please visit, www.nlist.inflibnet.ac.in

If you have not got your password yet, please contact the library

Extension Programme

MSSW Library coordinates an extension programme, named ‘Igniting Minds’. It aims to serve the neighbourhood and the community through the extension programme. This programme is offered to the girl students of the neighbouring school, Mary Clubwala Jadhav Girls Higher Secondary School. Female student volunteers from MSSW enrol for the igniting minds programme with MSSW Library. Registered volunteers work with the students of the school during the school library hour to develop the reading of school students. MSSW volunteers are given orientation and training on ‘story telling’ to equip themselves to lead the sessions. This programme serves to be beneficial to both the volunteers as well as the school students.

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