Summer Construction in H-L Library

Two renovation projects are planned for the 1st floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library this summer that will both enhance student space and improve access to staff.

The study area adjacent to the suite of librarian offices on the south side of the floor will be enlarged to create a Research Commons. This re-envisioned space will promote active learning and collaborative work among students and between students and Librarian Liaisons, who are being called upon increasingly for in-depth research assistance and consultations on group projects. The Research Commons is planned as a flexible collaboration space that will reduce barriers between student researchers and librarians to facilitate this evolving support model.

At the same time, staff from Academic Technology & Consulting (AT&C) will move to the space currently occupied by the Library’s Technical Services Department on the north side of the floor (Technical Services will relocate to the current home of AT&C, on the 3rd floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall). The move will provide AT&C with a more visible location on campus and support the department’s efforts to engage actively with faculty and students. With staff offices placed around the perimeter, the space will include a central common area for consultations, discussions, hands-on workshops, presentations, and sharing innovative technologies to support teaching, learning, and research. Part of the existing solid wall that currently separates the space from the reading room will be replaced with glass to provide the campus with a “window” into the creative work of the staff and their ongoing collaborations with students and faculty. During the renovation period AT&C staff will continue to work on campus from both the Media Commons and their temporary office space in the Pierce Reading Room on the 2nd floor of H-L.

In preparation for the renovations, which will begin the week of June 5th and continue through mid-August, librarians have been conducting a review of the reference collection. Given the changing nature of the use of reference sources, we expect to transfer a number of volumes into the circulating collection, where they will be more accessible and will better serve researchers, while retaining in the reference area those materials most useful to the research librarians and to students and faculty.

We look forward to welcoming the campus community to a celebratory open house at the start of the fall semester. In the meantime, for more information, contact Marjorie Hassen, College Librarian, | 207-725-3281.

Celebrating Original Student Research

Librarian Liaisons work closely with students throughout the year, supporting both their coursework and research, including providing in-depth assistance with honors projects. Among the over 100 seniors who engaged in writing honors projects this year are Adam Glynn and William Doak, both students in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Carmen Greenlee, Humanities and Media Librarian, along with a number of her colleagues, supported Adam’s and Will’s projects by identifying and acquiring specialized material essential to their areas of study, providing assistance throughout all phases of the research and writing process, and offering instruction in the use of citation management software. 

Adam Glynn

Adam Glynn

Adam Glynn’s project,  Nessuna buona punizione resta indescritta: Il contrapasso dantesco nel cinema dell’orrore italiano ed americano / No good punishment goes undescribed: Dante’s contrapasso in Italian and American horror cinema, examines how the inventive sin/punishment structure shown in great detail in Dante’s Divine Comedy appears in modern horror films.  In French and Italian Café Spaces and the Third Places They Create, Will Doak employs semiotic analysis to argue that café spaces in France and Italy create a sense of an important third place (home and work being the first two) through an examination of their historical development.

Will Doak

Will Doak

Adam and Will utilized a variety of primary sources in their work including films, digitized historical materials in the target languages of French and Italian, and print texts.   The library’s existing collections were supplemented with new items that were purchased specifically to support their research. In addition, staff of the Interlibrary Loan Department fulfilled many requests for obscure and unusual resources held by other libraries that they needed to consult.  Both students identified essential secondary materials using Hawthorne-Longfellow’s specialized bibliographies and the many online discovery tools and full-text databases licensed by the library for use by the Bowdoin community.

Carmen Greenlee

Carmen Greenlee

The great pleasure in our work is contributing to the development of our students’ research skills and witnessing their excitement as they make new discoveries. We look forward to adding Will’s and Adam’s honors projects to the library collections at the conclusion of the semester. Congratulations to these two fine Bowdoin scholars!

CBB New Books and Media

The Library is pleased to announce the launch of the CBB New Books and Media search tool, accessible from the library web site, and at:

The CBB New Books and Media search tool is updated on a weekly basis. Use this service to generate a list of materials recently acquired by Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin libraries. You may:

  • Search by format for books, e-books, DVDs, audio books, CDs, scores, and government documents.
  • Search on a particular subject area (books, e-books, DVDs only).
  • Limit results by language and library location (Colby, Bates, or Bowdoin).
  • Choose a time frame: most recent 7, 30, or 90 days.
  • View results as a web page (full-featured or printer-friendly), or send in an email.

The CBB libraries continue to consider ways to enhance access to our shared library collection, and we hope you will take advantage of the New Books and Media search tool to keep up to date with new acquisitions. If you have questions, or feedback you’d like to share, please contact Karl Fattig or your Librarian Liaison.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Library has access to many electronic primary and secondary resources for research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Here are some noteworthy sources.  Be sure to Ask Us for more!

NExpress is Retiring


NExpress resource sharing service to be retired in May 2017

Over the past few years due to changes to library systems, the number of NExpress partners has dwindled. CBB and our two remaining partners, Middlebury and Wellesley, have jointly decided to retire the service.

What does this means for Bowdoin users?

  • CBB and MaineCat self-requesting are unchanged.
  • Requesting of materials beyond CBB and MaineCat will be streamlined through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Benefits for Bowdoin users include:
    • A single interface and login to request items, view in-process requests, renew checked-out items, and view electronically-delivered articles.
    • No need to search for libraries that own items you need. We will locate the item and select the best lender from among our expanding group of partners that provide expedited service, including Middlebury and Wellesley.
    • View request history. This feature was not available in NExpress.

The last day to request an item through NExpress is April 30th. All materials will be due before the end of May. Due dates may vary, so please check the banner on the item. If you have any questions about due dates or renewal options, please contact our ILL staff.

If you are one of our users who will miss discovering materials held at Middlebury and Wellesley, try WorldCat, which provides location information for libraries worldwide.

The Library’s ILL staff will be glad to answer any questions. Feel free to contact them at, or Jaime Jones at (207) 798-4109.

Media Commons Open House

Tuesday, April 4, 4-5pm

The Media Commons, located on the lower level of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, brings together film collections, technology services and facilities to support viewing, creating and manipulating media.

Come learn about the new 25-seat Telepresence Classroom, which features four 80” screens along with a 70” interactive LCD screen. The room is available for playback of multi-region DVD/Blu-ray, video streaming, and presentation from your laptop computer as well as for direct video and audio communication with other collaborating institutions using the Cisco Telepresence system.

Library and Academic Technology & Consulting staff will be on hand to show you the Telepresence Classroom as well as the screening rooms and productions spaces, review the film collections, and reacquaint you with Media Commons services.

Light refreshments served. Please join us!

Can’t make the Open House? Visit our website for more information: or contact Carmen Greenlee, or Elizabeth Davis,


Women’s History Month Resources

Women's History Month