Three Questions for Jaime Jones, Library Access Services Assistant

Jaime JonesQ. What is your favorite book?
A. It’s a tie between Halldor Laxness’ Independent People and Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.  Good reads, both!

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. One of the biggest perks of working in Interlibrary Loan is getting to see all the neat (and sometimes obscure) materials being borrowed for our patrons’ research.  I love that I have the opportunity to chat with students and faculty about their research projects, and learn about interesting topics that I might not have even considered otherwise.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant/store/place in Brunswick?
A.  The Frontier Café – it’s a great place to eat, relax, and watch the river roll by.

Where students like to study

The libraries at Bowdoin, including the Hawthorne-Longfellow (H-L), Hatch Science, Pierce Art and the Beckwith Music libraries and the Language Media Center, offer a myriad of student study spaces. Some are in sunny, open spaces with lounge chairs and sofas, others are quiet carrels in the H-L basement. Or you might like studying in the vending cafe (also in the H-L basement) the technology-intensive group studies (throughout H-L; you can book online) or the notoriously quiet 6th floor of Hubbard Hall.

Where’s your favorite study space?

Three Questions for Kelsey Berger ’15

Kelsey BergerQ. What is your favorite book?
I love Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I used to listen to the audiobook when I was younger, and it’s one of the few books I still carry around when I travel.

Q. What has been a favorite research project at Bowdoin?
In my first-year seminar we investigated the ways that the venom from poisonous animals could be used as the basis for new treatment in medical therapy, especially the treatment of severe chronic pain. It was fascinating to see how something so dangerous could, in a new context, become useful and desirable.  I remember being really surprised to find out that the major substance in Botox is chemically akin to the toxin that causes botulism.

Q. What is your favorite study space in the library?
A. I like to go to the carrels in the lower-level stacks. It’s a really great place to focus — it gets pretty quiet down there.

Three Questions for Richard Lindemann, Director, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives

Richard LindemannQ. What is your favorite book?
A. Henning Mankell’s Depths, a brooding book tempered by extraordinary literary skill.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?
A. Leading students to the discovery of books as art and reading as a visual as well as a cognitive experience.

Q. What is your favorite restaurant/store/place in Brunswick?
A. Shere Punjab. Try the poori and the lamb curry.

E Pluribus Unum


Hatch Science Library

Hatch Science Library

The Bowdoin College Library is not just one building!  The BCL includes the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, which is the main library, and the four branch libraries: the Art, Music, and Science libraries and the Language Media Center.  The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, named for Senator Mitchell, is housed in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. Together, all of these libraries make up the Bowdoin College LibraryStudent in Stacks Check ‘em out–they all have great collections and study spaces!

Welcome to Our Blog!


We are so glad you’re coming to Bowdoin. We’ve created this blog to introduce us to each other:  for the rest of the summer and fall, we’ll be adding weekly posts to help you get acquainted with the Library.  We’ll include some “Three Questions For…” interviews with current students and Library staff, and highlight some research resources.

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