Sanborn Family Library

Gould Academy’s Sanborn Family Library is located in Hanscom Hall and marries 180 years of academic tradition with the 21st century to create a state of the art resource focused on collaboration, research, and creativity. The diversity of space encourages and supports students in acquiring patterns of lifelong learning in this complex media-rich age.

Collaboration is at the core of library work and the robust wireless access makes any study carrel, comfortable chair, or table for two an extended classroom. Students can also reserve conference rooms with Apple TVs and high-resolution projectors.

During evening study hall, the peer staffed Writing Center, Math Center, and World Language Center are centered downstairs in the IDEAS Center and adjacent student cafe.

We offer an extensive collection of fiction and nonfiction titles, DVDs, e-readers, audiobooks, periodicals, newspapers, electronic databases, and student subscriptions to NoodleTools, Voicethreads, and Turnitin. Proudly, we partner with MARVEL, Maine’s unique virtual library, and provide access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, and databases beyond our own.

Library orientation and material use are coordinated between the librarian and teachers through a variety of classes and projects.

When you visit campus, we hope you stop by to check out recent best-sellers, hunt down information, or just relax with a magazine or newspaper.

Library Resources for Students

Questions? Visit the library during regular operating hours, email Ms. Shifrin to talk about your project and determine the best research path, or get help integrating research.
Card Catalog – Helps you locate resources housed within the Sanborn Family Library.

Research Databases:
JSTOR– more than a thousand academic journals and over a million images, letters and primary sources

eLibrary Curriculum Edition

SIRS Knowledge Source

AP Science

History Study Center – primary and secondary sources on global history

Learning: Literature

Library of Congress – the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections

MARVEL –  Maine’s Virtual Library: magazines, newspapers, reference books and more

Off Campus? Need access? Click here.

Production and Submission Links
Canvas – connects you to your courses, faculty, assignments, etc.

EasybibEDU– generate citations in MLA, APA & Chicago formats for your bibliography. Also includes tools to assess, organize, and format  sources.

Turnitin– paper submission, originality check

Library Policies and Procedures


Sara Shifrin ’88

B.A. St. Michael’s College
M.A. Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
Director of Innovation
Humanities Teacher, Teaching Librarian
Apple Distinguished Educator
Maine State Librarian Hall of Excellence

Ms. Shifrin is an innovator and epitomizes what it means to be a lifelong learner. As a 1988 Gould graduate, she learned first hand the benefits of living in a community that focuses on opportunity and growth. Ms. Shifrin’s influence is largely expressed in the academic program at Gould. Early on in her career, she led the English Studies Program and then became fully invested in teaching English. In her tenure as department chair, she opened the first high school Writing Center in the state of Maine and developed Gould’s signature 9th-grade global literature course which supports the ninth grade Four Point travel program.  Her commitment to learning was again evident when she took over the Gould library and began cultivating the mindsets and skills of a 21st-century learner. Once again, her creativity and dedication to student curiosity and agency led her to steward the integration of the IDEAS Center into the academic life of the Gould student. Now you can find her teaching in the Humanities department, developing information literacy skills and mindsets in the Sanborn Family Library and directing Gould’s seminar program. Ms. Shifrin lives on campus with her husband, Mr. Brett Shifrin (math teacher, coach, and director of the Ninth Grade Program), their daughter, Mia ’19, and son Eli ’23. She is a Mahoosic Land Trust board member, connected to Sunday River’s Community Fund and loves to rip around trails on a bike or on foot and to build flower and vegetable gardens.