Lending Services

Welcome to the BHCC Library Lending Services Desk

How do I get a library card?

Your BHCC ID card is your library card, as well as your ID card. You can:

  1. Use it as your school ID card
  2. Use it as your library card

Using it as your library card means you can also:

  1. Borrow books
  2. Request books from other libraries
  3. Access the library databases from home

How many items may I borrow at a time?

There is no official limit, but we reserve the right to retain some of the books on our shelves at any given time and/or to recall books that you have checked out.

What is your lending policy/borrowing rules?


Item Borrowing Period Renewal Late Fine Maximum Late Fine
Circulating books 14 days Twice, if there are no holds 10¢ per day $10.00 per item
Reserves 2 hours usually though variable none 50¢ per hour $25.00 per item
DVDs 3 days none $1 per day $10.00 per item
Headphones 2 hours none 10¢ per hour $10.00 per item
ILL (Inter-Library Loan) Based on owning library Based on owning library Based on owning library Based on owning library
  • Reference and periodicals are In-Library Use Only.
  • Headphones and Reserves do not leave the library.
  • Overdue notices are generally sent two months after items are first checked out.
  • A book is considered lost if not returned after 90 days.
  • Lost or Damaged items are billed to the patron at the replacement cost of the item.

Are there any items that do not circulate?

Yes, reference materials and current periodicals are not to be taken out of the library.

How can I find a book I want to borrow?

To find print books, eBooks, and online videos, search the Catalog.

How do I renew a book?

The easiest way is to log into your library account using your library password. Use the green "Your Library Account" square on the library's homepage to access your library account. Otherwise, come to the Lending Services Desk or call 617-228-2213.

How do I get a library password?

The best way to get a library password is to fill out the form found at https://bhcc.libwizard.com/f/offcampusaccess

Go to the Lending Services Desk at the Library. We can automatically generate a password for you.

If you have an e-mail address in your library account, you can reset your password here and follow the instructions.

What else do I use the library password for?

When you log in with a library password, you can also:

  1. Change your password to anything you want.
  2. See the items you have checked out.
  3. Place a hold online.

What happens if I forget to return materials on the date due?

We charge late fines for every day or hour the materials are overdue. For fine rates, see the chart above.

How much does it cost to make a photocopy?

Copies are ten cents per side. The copy machines accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and one- and five-dollar bills. The machines do not give change unless you make at least one copy. The library does not give change.