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Jackson Library Portal: Web library resources for all grades

Built in 2002 and remodeled in 2016, the state-of-the-art Jackson Library is the center of academic inquiry, discovery and innovation on the Berwick Academy Campus. The charge of the Jackson Library is to support the mission of the school and to enable all students to become life long learners, critical thinkers, skillful researchers, enthusiastic readers, and ethical users of information.  The two-story, 16,000 square foot facility contains over 26,000 volumes. The library homepage links students to a virtual library of thousands of online resources that support and enrich the curriculum. All resources are available 24/7 from any computer with Internet access.  These resources include online subscription databases, the library catalog, pre-selected websites, eBooks and research guides.

The Jackson Library is filled with an energy of inquiry and learning whether a student is working individually, collaborating with peers, receiving library instruction, attending a performance or presentation, using the Writing Center, visiting the Archives, working on Innovation Pursuits, enjoying impromptu music, stopping by an exhibit in the Art Gallery, attending the Early Bird program, participating in a club, or any number of other meaningful activities. The Jackson Library strives to be at the forefront of the 21st Century Library/Learning Commons model.

Located on the first floor of the Jackson Library is the Inspiration Commons. This three-part creative workspace allows for the incubation of powerful ideas in an open, collaborative environment. A large presentation space, The Hub, features large whiteboard and corkboard panels for brainstorming along with an 80-inch display with lots of connectivity for students, faculty, and guests. The Digital Design Classroom houses 11 workstations with an expansive menu of applications for 2D/3D design, electronic music and video production and digital photography. The Fabrication Studio houses all the equipment necessary to take student designs to their tangible form. Prototyping materials utilizing 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC router, vinyl cutter and various hand tools are all available for student and faculty use on a scheduled and flexible basis. Staff members are present for hands-on instruction and design coaching throughout the school day.

The Jackson Library serves as the base for the Innovation program.The Berwick Innovation Center is a project based, student-directed program where students pursue their passion in a self selected area of study.  Students customize the experience, making the study meaningful and tailored to their creative and intellectual interests.  Each innovation student is paired with a mentor to help guide and execute the research, or the project.  The Innovation program falls under the Direction of the Upper School Librarian, and the Lower School Librarian serves as Coordinator for that division.

The Berwick Academy Archives exists to collect, preserve, and protect archival materials and documents that promote an understanding of and appreciation for the history, traditions, life and culture of Berwick Academy.  The Archives is located on the second floor of the Jackson Library and is managed by a part time archivist.

Meet our Staff

List of 3 members.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • How do I search the Jackson Library Catalog?

    Quick Search
    Enter keyword or phrase. Click "Search" to search all categories.
    Enter author last name. Click "Author" to perform an author search.
    Enter a subject. Click "Subject" to perform a subject search.
    NOTE: Subject searches require knowledge of appropriate Library of Congress subject headings.

    Advanced Search
    Enter up to 3 keywords, names or phrases.
    Limit search for each term with pull-down menu.
    Link terms with AND, OR, NOT.
  • How do I find an article in a journal, a magazine, or a newspaper?

    Are you looking for complete articles (full-text) or article citations on a particular topic?

    Search one of the Online Databases. The choice of database depends on your topic and whether you are looking for an article in a scholarly journal, a popular magazine or a newspaper. Learn which database is best for your purpose by reading the description of the database or by asking a librarian. [online databases link]

    Do you have an article's citation (author, title, journal/magazine name, issue, dates, pages) and need full text of that article?

    Search one of the Online Databases by publication name (e.g. Newsweek) to access the issue with the article or use advanced search to identify the article by title, author, and source (journal/magazine/newspaper name).

    Full-text is available for most articles but not all, especially those published pre-1989. The library has back issues of some periodicals or you may request Interlibrary Loan for a photocopy.
  • How do I find a reliable website?

    First, ask yourself:
    "Would an online database or print source would be a better choice to find the information I need"?
    Then consider:
    Anyone can publish a web page.
    There are over 108 million website and that number nearly doubles annually.
    Search engines access only a small portion of information available through the Internet.
  • How do I cite sources?

    The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 4th edition and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th edition are in the library's reference collection.

    To take the pain out of compiling a bibliography, try NoodleBib. Learn how to use it and never fret over citation style again! Ask a librarian for help.

    NoodleBib prompts you for required citation elements for online and print sources and then creates a properly formatted and alphabetized bibliography. Save your bibliography online for 3 months or extend the save feature to 12 months. Print your bibliography directly from the web page or save as an RTF file and print from Microsoft Word. The MLA Junior feature is terrific for younger students.
  • How do I request an interlibary loan?

    Books and periodical articles not found in the Jackson Library may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan. Complete the ILL form and give it to a library staff member. If you have difficulty completing the form ask for help.

    Interlibrary loan takes time. Before requesting ILL, check your local public library for the material you need. This will be faster than waiting for an ILL. Most ILL takes two or three weeks to receive.

    After you have requested an ILL, check back in the library after 7-10 days to see if it has arrived.

Serving Maine, The Seacoast of New Hampshire, and the North Shore of Massachusetts

Berwick Academy, situated on an 80-acre campus just over one hour north of Boston, serves 600 students, Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12, from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Deeply committed to its mission of promoting virtue and useful knowledge, Berwick Academy empowers students to be creative and bold. Berwick strives to graduate alumni who shape their own learning, take risks, ask thoughtful questions, and come to understand and celebrate their authentic selves.  Founded in 1791 and rooted in a tradition of college preparation, our culture of innovation prepares students for a complex and dynamic world.