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About Pierce Art Library

The Pierce Art Library is located in the Visual Arts Center, which was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes in 1975. The library is named for William Curtis Pierce ’28, who served as a member of the Bowdoin College Board of Overseers (1962-1967) and Board of Trustees (1967-1981).

Pierce houses a non-circulating collection of approximately 16,000 books, including reference materials, and a selection of current periodicals. The majority of Bowdoin’s art- and architecture-related collections are held in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. Please check CBBcat for the location of specific books and reference resources.