No. 27 – Book Brigade

No. 27 - Book Brigade

When Oswego’s library moved from its early quarters in Old Main to the new Penfield Library (now Rich Hall) in April 1961, legendary librarian Helen Hagger had a unique method for transporting the college’s collection of 80,000 books. An ex-military officer, the “strong, forceful” Hagger, dubbed “the sergeant in charge” by Philomena Camesano Mark ’61, required every student, faculty and staff member to take part in a “book brigade,” passing books hand to hand across the short distance between the two buildings. Once they arrived in the new library, volumes were shelved in exactly the same order in which they came off the bookcases in Sheldon Hall.