Lillian and Milford Harris Library

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The Lillian and Milford Harris Library is one of a few libraries in the country dedicated entirely to social work literature and scholarship.

The staff at the Harris Library is dedicated to helping you secure the information you need to succeed. Don't hesitate to reach out.

Local phone: 216.368.2302
Toll free: 800.944.2290 (ask for the Harris Library at Ext. 2302)
Fax: 216.368.2106

Reference email:
Interlibrary loan email:
Physical location: Mandel School, room 175

Virtual Hours

  • After Friday, November 20th, the physical location of the Harris Library will be closed. 
  • We will provide all of our services virtually and offer: 
    • Assistance to accessing materials from our collection
    • Research help by Zoom or by phone
    • Scanned book chapters 
    • PDFs of articles
  • Please email us your questions and requests at, or call us at 216.368.2302.  

Virtual Hours (November 23, 2020 - January 29, 2021)

Monday - Friday:  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Holiday Closings

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Monday, January18, 2021

Electronic Resources

All e-journals, e-books, and research databases are available to the Mandel School and CWRU communities. Please remember to use Single Sign-On (SSO) or VPN to access these resources from off campus.

Research Assistance

Librarians are available to conduct virtual research consultations by email, phone or Zoom. We continue to offer library instruction and faculty support..

OhioLINK and Interlibrary Loan

All borrowing of physical items (e.g., books, videos) via OhioLINK and interlibrary loan will be reinstated soon.

Overdue Material

Please keep any books and other materials that you borrowed until the library reopens. We will waive any fines and late fees accrued during the University closure. .

Do you have further questions? Please contact us:

Phone: 216-368-2302
Zoom: by request

Meet the staff

Samantha C. Skutnik
Director / Librarian

M.L.S., Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
B.A., Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Kristen Kirchgesler
Reference & Instruction Librarian
216.368.1658 or

M.S.I., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio.

Lena Ford
Circulation & Access Services Coordinator

Debora Morris
Administrative Library Assistant