2018-2019 Catalog

Library Resources and Services

The Jonathan Edwards Library (see Main Campus Map) aims to be your home-away-from-home during your time at BCC. There are comfortable seating areas to meet with classmates between classes as well as quiet areas for digging into your studies undisturbed. The college’s Digital Commons is also located in the library on the upper floor, staffed with academic technology professionals, modern equipment, and several technology-rich collaborative group workstations. The library has strong Wi-Fi and free printing, and coffee and food are encouraged. When classes are in session, we are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays.

Resources include over 55,000 printed books and more than 150,000 e-books in collections from Ebrary, Credo, OUP and others. Many other databases, including Academic Search Premier, Elsevier's ScienceDirect, and LexisNexis, contain mil- lions of periodical articles, citations and other relevant material. Streaming video is provided through Films on Demand and Medcom databases. BCC participates in various resource- sharing systems, connecting students to the vast collections of hundreds of libraries across Massachusetts and beyond.

The library staff are our most valuable resources, offering professional reference assistance, library instruction, information literacy sessions for groups and individuals, and interlibrary loan services. All English 101 classes are given an introduction to the library and new students tour the facility during orientation.

Student IDs are processed at the main desk. The library barcode on the back of the card will then be activated, giving students access to all library services. Services include borrowing books, DVDs, and reserved textbooks (required textbooks for all BCC classes are available for in-library use); requesting items from anywhere in Massachusetts; and access to all the library’s electronic resources from on or off-campus. The BCC student ID card is also used to attend various school events, gain access to Paterson Field House, and receive grant and work study checks from the Business Office. A fee of $5 will be charged for replacement cards.