Book Sculpture: Transforming Books into Works of Art

Book Sculpture
Third floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library
This exhibit is ongoing throughout the summer months.

When making books and making art intersect, the results are sometimes provocative, often unpredictable, and always engaging. Artists’ books take many shapes: the familiar codex form, scrolls and banners, pop-up and flag books, to name a few.

The Bowdoin College Library’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives collects artists’ books to complement other examples of fine bookbinding, printing, type design, and printmaking in its book arts collection, primarily in support of the College’s curriculum. Classes in printmaking and drawing, in art history, and in literature and linguistics draw heavily from these resources for inspiration and for learning.

Book Sculpture

Book sculptures, in which book artists appropriate the book as an object and rework it into visual art, reflect the artist’s own visual reinterpretation of the original form. For the viewer, these sculptures transform the process of reading text into viewing art, and they compel us to reevaluate the concept of the book in ways that would otherwise be unimaginable.


Currently on display on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library are examples of book sculpture by five contemporary book artists:

Book Sculpture

  • Crystal Cawley (Portland, Me.)
  • Rebecca Goodale (Portland, Me.)
  • Mary Howe (Stonington, Me.)
  • Guy Laramée (Montreal, Canada)
  • Irmari Nacht (Englewood, N.J.)

Laptop Storage! A New Service at H-L and Hatch Libraries

Would you rather not lug your laptop all the way over to dinner when you’re taking a break from studying at H-L or Hatch Library? But you don’t want to leave it unattended at a study carrel — never a good idea! Now you can store your laptop for up to four hours at the Circulation Desk at H-L or Hatch. The laptops will be kept in a secure space with Library staff members nearby; you’ll have a tag (like a coat check) to reclaim your property when you get back.

Space is limited: H-L has room for six and Hatch for two, so ONLY laptops may be left (no books, papers, knapsacks, lunchbags, etc.). The laptops may be stored until closing time, but can’t be left overnight.

We hope this new service will make your life a little easier during this hectic end-of-semester time!

New Content in JSTOR

Everyone’s favorite go-to database for scholarly journal articles, JSTOR, just got bigger. Some of the journals added are: Social Research; Environment and History; Monist; Mathematics Teacher; International Journal of Electronic Commerce; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific; Historical Social Research; and Environmental Values, among others.

Streaming Video Available!

Looking for a film clip to enhance a presentation?

Check out Films on Demand, a streaming video database of nonfiction films from the BBC, Nova, Frontline, Scientific American, History Channel, and many more high-quality producers. When viewing a video, click on “Embed this Video” for a link to insert into your presentation.

For more music and dance videos, see also Naxos Video Library.

Please see Linking to Online Videos for further help with embedding into your project.

Connecting to Library Databases – Security Certificate Problem

If you use library databases from off campus: Please take note…

The library is currently experiencing a problem affecting the login process when connecting to Library databases from off campus.  Your web browser will generate errors about the security of the connection. Unfortunately, the problem is at the security company’s end, so we cannot immediately fix the problem, and until it is resolved these messages will appear.

These messages are an important part of your security online and we would never recommend that you ignore them.  Any time you see them appear on a site you visit regularly, you should check with the website’s administrators to determine if there is a danger.

In this case, the error messages are being caused by a known problem. The Library and IT are working to resolve the issue. In the meantime, it is safe to continue past the error messages and log in to access the remote databases. The login process is still encrypted, so your information is still safe. We apologize for the confusion. We will be monitoring the situation and will make an announcement when the problem is remedied

Here are examples of what the error messages look like in different browsers, with instructions on how to proceed:

This is how the error looks in Firefox:

To proceed, click on “I Understand the Risks” and the message will expand to:

You then click “Add Exception” and see:

Click “Confirm Security Exception” and you should be given the Library login screen.

In Internet Explorer, you will see:

Click “Continue to this website” and you should be taken to the login screen:

In Safari you will see a message like this:

Click ‘Continue’ and you should be passed along to the login screen.

Yale’s Human Relations Area Files (HRAF)

The long-renowned collections of archaeological and cross-cultural studies known as the Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) have now been digitized (eHRAF). The Library has access to both the archaeological and cross-cultural databases, eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures.

Find out why the Abkhasians live so long or how moms rule in the Zuni tribe. And who really had the first tattoo?

Caveat: It’s a bit clunky to use, but you are richly rewarded for your efforts!

Dissertations and Theses Database

You now have access to the full text, where available, for the dissertations and theses included in the database Proquest Dissertations and Theses: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master’s theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637.

E-Resources for Researching Women’s History

National Service Women’s Land Army.
H.G. Gawthorn [S.l. : s.n., 1917]
Library of Congress Prints
and Photographs Division
  • Gender Studies
    GSD covers the full spectrum of gender scholarship and includes several thousand links to freely available and indexed full-text articles. Source documents include professional journals, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, theses & dissertations, websites and other sources.
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States
    Revolves around projects that interpret and present documents on the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000. Includes a dictionary of social movements and organizations, a chronology of U.S. Women’s History, teaching tools with lesson ideas, and quarterly news from the archives about U.S. Women’s History.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Comprehensive index to journals, books and proceedings in sociology, including women and family issues.
  • Women Writers Online
    The Brown University Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. Their goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader.