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. Sessions 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


Savannah Sessions

Teaching Librarian – History
B.A. Smith College
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach


Ms. Sessions grew up in the nearby town of Norway, Maine. After graduating from Smith, she dabbled in jobs ranging from dairy farming to banking, but found her true vocation working with adolescents (turns out…dairy farming and banking are actually not irrelevant to working at Gould!). Ms. Sessions started her tenure in the College Counseling Center and later transitioned to teaching history. She now spends her class days in the library or in the classroom with her ninth grade students. After school, time spent on the soccer field or cross country ski trails gives Ms. Sessions great joy. She loves living in Davidson with her best canine pal Loki, singing/making music, and trying to be an active member of the Greater Bethel Community.