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The George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives offers access to our collections in support of the research needs of the Bowdoin community and users globally.

Our materials are rare, fragile, unique, or of special collecting interest, and thus only may be used in our reading room under departmental supervision.

To access our holdings, you must register and request materials and schedule an appointment 48 business hours in advance of the day you hope to visit. If you need help or have a question, see our help pages or email us so we can assist.

The Special Collections & Archives Reading Room is located on the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, 1 College Street, Brunswick, Maine.

The College maintains information on planning your visit to Brunswick, including hotels and parking information.