In this Section
- Food Service
- Gender-Inclusive Restrooms
- International Center
- Lactation Room
- Library and Learning Commons
- Lost and Found
- Office of Diversity and Inclusion
- Parking/Parking Permits
- Public Transportation
- Quiet Room
- Semester T-Pass Program
- Shuttle Services
- Sustainability at the College
The Bunker Hill Community College Bookstore, located on the fourth floor of the E-Building, is operated by Barnes & Noble College as a service to students, faculty and staff. It offers required and recommended textbooks for all BHCC courses. Most textbooks are available to purchase in new, used, or digital format, or to rent—so you have a choice of affordable options. The bookstore also carries related course materials, college apparel, gift items, school supplies, backpacks, snacks and electronics, including laptops and tablets.
You can purchase textbooks and other materials from the bookstore’s website at bhcc.bncollege.com to have your order shipped or for free in-store pick up.
Visit BHCC Bookstore for current store hours.
The Thomas A. Kershaw Culinary Arts Dining Room features lunch and dinner options served in a full-service dining room or to-go from the BHCC Culinary Arts program students. The dining room is located on the fourth floor of the E-Building. View the hours and menu online.
In addition, Aladdin Food Services operates a full-service cafeteria offering fresh food daily on a rotating seasonal menu, located on the fourth floor of the E-Building.
Students can also purchase snacks and drinks at the café located in the Main Lobby of the Charlestown Campus.
Aladdin Food Service operates both the cafeteria and the café under agreement with the College. View the cafeteria and café hours.
Bunker Hill Community College is committed to creating an environment that values diversity and inclusion, and practices this by creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. There are several gender-neutral bathrooms available in the G-Building.
The International Center provides programs, services and activities designed to advance the internationalization of the College community. Staff at the Center provide comprehensive programs and individual assistance to international students from approximately 100 countries who are welcomed to the College every year.
Study Abroad and Global Perspective
The International Center assists students who wish to study abroad, as well as coordinates the Study Abroad Scholarship Program. The Center, with assistance from the Student Government Association, provides international study and travel experiences opportunities in locations such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Scotland.
Most study abroad programs offered through BHCC are from two-to-eight weeks long and take place during the summer. Students can apply for a scholarship that covers 80 percent of total expenses. Information and application materials are available at the International Center as well as on the Study Abroad Program website.
The Center hosts many international visitors. Center staff members develop customized training programs for educators and students from around the world. With federal funding, the Center provides support to faculty to develop new international courses and to update their courses to include an international perspective, so that graduates are prepared to practice their professions within a global and multicultural environment.
International students interested in attending Bunker Hill Community College apply through International Admissions, where they can obtain the necessary documentation to apply for student visas to study in the United States. International Student Advisors in the International Center assist students in maintaining their legal immigration status, obtaining student visas, applying for a change of their immigration status, transferring to colleges and universities, obtaining work permission, obtaining practical training and arranging travel or temporary absence certification from the United States.
International Student Advisors also serve as counselors, available to discuss academic concerns and personal issues such as adjustment to life in the United States. Orientation, social and cultural programs sponsored by the Center help international students learn more about U.S. culture and the educational system.
The International Center is in Room E236. To contact the center, call 617-228-2460 or email at email@example.com.
Bunker Hill Community College is committed to supporting student parents. A Lactation Room has been created for students. The space, located in G-Building across from the Athletics Office Room G118, is private, well lit, clean and secure. A toilet, sink and lockers are available.
To request access to the room, contact the Administrative Assistant in the Athletics Office at 617-228-3443.
Library and Learning Commons
Philosophy and Library as Learning Space
Philosophy and Library as Learning Space
BHCC’s Library and Learning Commons is a unique learning space, which is a safe and stimulating environment, with caring librarians to support students as they grow and develop emotionally, intellectually, and socially. BHCC’s librarians and staff are here to help students meet their fullest potential as educated consumers of information and evaluators of academic research.
Elements That We Believe
There are four elements that we believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) course instructor/librarian collaboration, (2) diverse collections, strategic collection development and collection management, (3) library instruction, such as finding, evaluating and citing sources, and (4) promoting respect for all things and all people.
We believe that equally important to self-discovery is seeing librarians as a guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information; the students’ search for knowledge is met as they learn to find, evaluate, and communicate answers and information to their questions.
We believe that for students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and they need library spaces for group study or individual study.
We believe that by integrating artworks inside the library students find spaces more inviting. Artworks created and curated by students and their teachers and artworks by community artists is another way to encourage, inspire discussion and reflection. Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves, others, and their environment occurs through an open library environment.
We believe that when students have ownership in the Library and Learning Commons they are motivated to work hard and master the knowledge and skills necessary to reach their goals. When the image and the voice of each student is reflected in the library’s collections, displays and exhibits, and when the library spaces and environment are inviting; students want to spend more time in the library on their coursework or maybe simply for meditation or reflection. When students feel free to experience learning in his or her own way in turn they learn to respect themselves, their teachers, their peers, and others, and their environment
How BHCC’s Library & Librarians Help Students Learn:
The Library occupies the third floor of the E-Building.
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Outside Fall and Spring Semesters, consult the Library web page for hours.
When we use the term “embedded librarian” that means BHCC’s librarians are available to support your research need whether inside the physical library or an online student.
As an online student click through the library’s links for access to library instruction, instructional videos, and even send a question to an online librarian.
Librarians provide library service for both the Charlestown and the Chelsea campuses.
A BHCC Librarians is available to work with you on a first-come, first-served basis.
We encourage you to make a research appointment with the librarian, who will prepare a 20- to 40-minute individual session tailored to your information needs.
Librarians care about helping students with the research process.
Librarians regularly work with your course instructors to develop information literacy instruction and activities to support student research.
Librarians are available in the physical library and online through “Ask a Librarian.”
Workshops to Enhance Information Literacy Skills
Information literacy is a skill that:
Enables you to recognize when information is needed
Enables you to locate, evaluate and use the information effectively
Forms the basis for lifelong learning
Is common to all disciplines, all learning environments and all levels of education
With an eye to preparing you for success in the classroom and increasingly technology-oriented workplaces, the BHCC Library developed a series of sessions and guidelines designed to incorporate information literacy goals throughout the process of your library research.
See the BHCC Library Instruction Program page for details on our orientation and instructional offerings.
Articles in Academic Databases
The Bunker Hill Community College Library provides an extensive collection of full-text articles from thousands of scholarly journals and books. Please take the time to browse the library’s website, click on databases and familiarize yourself with our databases. We hope you’ll enjoy doing research using our database space. If you have suggestions please feel free to let our librarians hear from you. These databases are available to all enrolled BHCC students (faculty and staff) on-campus or online.
Books, CDS, Videos and Other Materials
Most circulating materials are due within 14 days of checkout and may be renewed twice, unless another person has requested them. You can check out up to five print items within the same subject at one time. You can renew materials in person at the Lending Services Desk, over the telephone (617-228-2213) or online using a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Reference materials, current-year periodicals, some special collection materials and vertical file items cannot be checked out, but you can photocopy them.
Borrowing Privileges and Relations
Enrolled students (as well as BHCC faculty and staff) may use BHCC’s ID card to borrow books at many other libraries as a result of libraries collaboration, consortium and networks and resource sharing through its affiliations and memberships, such as: Fenway Library Organization (FLO), Massachusetts Library Association (MLA), and the Massachusetts Commonwealth Consortium of Libraries in Public Higher Education Institutions (MCCLPHEI). BHCC’s Library Catalog, Overdrive and eBooks are mostly through the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE).
Plagiarism Training is available. Librarians have developed a resource guide (LibGuides on How to Avoid Plagiarism), with topics such as whether student’s version is word-for word plagiarism, paraphrasing plagiarism, or not plagiarism. Also covered are examples of subtle forms of plagiarism that represent misunderstanding of plagiarism as defined by ethics standards across academic disciplines.
The library catalog can be accessed via the internet using the BHCC library web page.
Student ID Card/ Username & Password
The BHCC student ID card is your library card; you cannot transfer your library privileges to someone else. Your student ID must be registered with the library to check out materials or access online databases. Also, your account must be in good standing, showing no outstanding fees or fines.
Personal Identification Numbers
A Personal Identification Number, or PIN, allows you to see online the materials you currently have checked out, renew items and request materials from the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) through inter-library loan. You can get a PIN at the Lending Services Desk. Items ordered by using your PIN are held at the Lending Services Desk and must be picked up within seven days of arrival.
Circulating materials have specified loan periods. If you return materials past the due date, you will be charged overdue fines. Overdue notices will be followed by a bill for item(s) not returned to the library. You are responsible for paying fines and fees even if you did not receive overdue notices and bills. At the close of each semester, a hold is placed on student College accounts not in good standing with the Library, which prevents course registration, graduation and release of transcripts. Overdue fines continue to accrue until all overdue items are received at the Lending Services Desk and processed. All materials not returned by the last day of final examinations each semester will be treated as overdue.
Late, Damaged or Lost Materials
The overdue fine for most circulating material is 10 cents per item per day. Fines and fees vary according to format. Note that because reserve items are in high demand, their overdue fines are higher than for the circulating collection. At checkout, make sure you know the loan parameters for the items you are borrowing; ask the library staff for details.
Report damaged or lost materials as soon as possible to the Lending Services Desk to prevent fines from accruing.
Charges for damaged or lost materials will be assessed as follows.
- Accumulated fines, if any, and the replacement cost for the item based on the published market value.
- If prices are not available, the following amounts will be charged:
- Hardbound books: $25
- Paperbound books: $15
- All media (cassettes, CDs, videos, DVDs): $50
- Museum passes: $50
- Equipment (headsets): $75
Course Reserves/Reserve Materials
Works chosen by faculty for use during the semester are placed on reserve at the Lending Services Desk or online at bhcc.docutek.com, via a password given to you in class. To borrow reserve items at the Lending Services Desk, you will need to present your BHCC student ID and provide the name of the instructor and title of the item you wish to borrow. Most reserve materials are for two-hour in-library use only. The reserve lists for individual courses are accessible through the online catalog by visiting the Library website and clicking on the “Course Reserve” tab.
Headsets are provided for use in the library only.
Inter-Library Loan Service
You can borrow materials from other libraries through the Inter-Library Loan Service. Items generally take from a few days to a few weeks to arrive at the Lending Services Desk. Using a library PIN [link to section Personal Identification Numbers], you can submit requests directly to other libraries in the NOBLE consortium, which includes additional community college, college, public and special libraries. More borrowing options are available via the Statewide Virtual Catalog System with an active library card and PIN. This system gives you access to most academic and public libraries in Massachusetts. Finally, in the rare case that you cannot find sufficient resources in-state, the library can send out Inter-Library Loan requests on the national level.
Adaptive Library Services
The library works in cooperation with Disability Support Services. People using wheelchairs will find tables of accessible height, restrooms with accommodations and an accessible entrance directly opposite the elevator. Materials, equipment and accommodations available to people with disabilities include:
- Kurzweil 3000
- Job Access with Speech (JAWS)
- Dragon Naturally Speaking software programs
- ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
- Talking Book Program
- Phonographs and cassette players with earphones
- Wheelchair-accessible study tables
Printers and Copiers
Enrolled BHCC students, with a Username and Password may print.
Two printers are available for your use. To help keep printing free, we request that you use this service responsibly: please print only what is needed and do not print documents longer than 10 pages. Two copy machines are available in the library next to the Lending Services Desk. The copiers make both letter and legal sized copies for 10 cents each, and accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and $1 and $5 bills only. The library cannot make change. Please note: No color printer. No fax machine.
In conjunction with the Student Government Association, the library offers discount passes or tickets to the following area museums: New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Historic New England. The library also has passes to the USS Constitution Museum. These passes and tickets can be obtained at the Lending Services Desk; you may not obtain more than two passes or tickets per day. Passes must be returned to the library the next day that it is open; tickets are taken by the visited museum and do need to be returned.
A limited number of lockers are available for students to rent each semester. To rent a locker, you must fill out and sign a Locker Agreement Form in the Student Activities Office, Room D106H. Lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.
Locker agreements will be made available on the first day of classes each semester. The following guidelines and policies apply to renting lockers at BHCC:
- Only the lock provided by Student Activities may be used on the locker.
- A copy of your class schedule and student ID must accompany the locker request.
- No dangerous or illegal substances may be stored in lockers.
- Any lock attached to the locker other than the one provided by Student Activities will be removed by the College.
- The College is not responsible for loss of or damage to goods stored in student lockers.
- The College reserves the right to open lockers for reasons of health or safety and will make reasonable attempts to contact the holder of the locker before or, in emergencies, after, doing so.
- You will lose eligibility to rent a locker for the following semester if the lock is not returned by the deadline.
- Items left in lockers will be stored for two weeks. Any items unclaimed will be disposed of or donated to charity.
- If the locker is damaged and it is determined that this damage was caused by the renter, the renter will be responsible for the cost of repair and may be subject to disciplinary proceedings.
Lost and Found
The Lost and Found is located in the Student Activities Office, Room D106H. If the office is closed, leave found articles at the Security Office in the lower lobby of the B-Building, or in the Dean’s Office on the Chelsea Campus. After 30 days, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
Student lounges are in four areas on the Charlestown Campus: third floor of the A-Building, second floor of the B-Building (Main Lobby), second floor of the D-Building and first floor of the C-Building. These lounges are study areas as well as places for you to relax and spend time with fellow students. A Silent Study Lounge is also available on the second floor of the D-Building, on the tier adjacent to classrooms D214-D216. On the Chelsea Campus, the Student Lounge is located on the first floor.
There are no facilities for forwarding your mail from outside the College. Letters and packages received for students will be returned to the sender with the notification “No Student Mail Service.” Officially recognized student organizations may have mail sent to them in care of the Student Activities Office, Room D106H.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps ensure that all people who work, attend school, and use the College campuses are treated with respect and can pursue their endeavors without experiencing unlawful discrimination or undue impediments, barriers or obstacles. The office monitors the implementation of the College’s nondiscrimination policies and coordinates educational opportunities and programs open to all. The Office is committed to inclusion, equal opportunity and freedom from sexual violence and harassment.
As part of a broad effort to welcome and affirm diversity at BHCC, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion annually sponsors a wide range of speakers throughout the academic year. Programs include:
- Compelling Conversations: This series sponsors high-profile speakers who visit classrooms; share lunch with faculty, staff, students and trustees; present a lecture and sign books for guests. Speakers have included Rosie Perez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Michael Moore and Gloria Steinem.
- Difficult Dialogues: This series has brought speakers to the campus such as explorer and activist Dr. Allen Counter, Judge Glenda Hatchett, author Tim O’Brien and former executive director of the Museum of African American History Beverly Morgan-Welch.
- The One Book Program: A faculty committee manages this popular “one read” program, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the committee’s efforts by bringing authors it selects to the campus. These writers have included Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore; Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey; and Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also sponsors external speakers for celebrations such as BHCC’s Commencement ceremonies, Hispanic Heritage Week, Women’s History Month, Black History Month and International Women’s Day.
The College strongly urges you to use the MBTA and car pools to and from the College; see information on public transportation. Parking permits for student lots are required for all Bunker Hill Community College students at all times. Space available for student parking is very limited. Vehicles parked in the student parking lot without a current valid permit will be ticketed and/or towed as appropriate. There are no warning notices given; all violations are ticketed and towed from the first offense.
Parking on the Charlestown Campus
Student parking is available in Lots 1 and 2 on the Charlestown Campus, 7 days a week, from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. These lots are owned by the City of Boston and managed by ABM Parking Services. A valid parking permit is required, and can be purchased online through ABM Parking Services. The issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space; the permit is a license to park if a space is available. Daily parking is also available to students, faculty, staff and visitors at $10/day, to be paid via the Parkmobile mobile app.
Vehicles parked in Lots 1 or 2 without a valid permit during are subject to a tire lock, or “boot,” which will be placed on the front driver’s side wheel of the vehicle, with a fee of $50 per day. A notice with instructions to have the boot removed will be left on the vehicle; once the fee is paid via credit card, the boot will be removed by ABM.
All vehicles parked in Lots 1 and 2 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. are subject to towing at the owner’s expense.
Designated “VISITOR PARKING ONE HOUR ONLY” areas in Lot 4 are for official visitors of BHCC only. Parking for those with physical challenges with designated H or V plates is available in Lot 4 by the main entrance.
Parking for the Chelsea Campus
There are approximately 30 student parking spaces on the Chelsea Campus, marked by white signs. Parking in these spaces requires a valid parking permit, which can be purchased online through ABM Parking Services.
Vehicles found in spaces not designated for the College run the risk of being towed from the property.
How to Obtain a Parking Permit
- A parking permit can be purchased online each semester from ABM Parking Services.
- Students with disabilities: To obtain a special area permit, contact the Health Services Office in Room E154 or call 617-228-2274 before parking in the “Handicapped Permit Parking Only” spaces.
The College strongly encourages you to use the MBTA. The Charlestown Campus of Bunker Hill Community College is located directly on the MBTA Orange Line at the Community College Station. See the MBTA website for details.
The Chelsea Campus is accessible via the following MBTA bus lines.
- BUS ROUTE 112 stops right in front of campus, and runs between Maverick Station (Blue Line) and Wellington Station (Orange Line).
- BUS ROUTES 114/116/117 run between Maverick Station (Blue Line) and Wonderland Station (Blue Line). Each stop within a few blocks of campus, or you can transfer to the 112/Wellington at Bellingham Square.
- The MBTA Commuter Rail has a Chelsea stop at the corner of Arlington and Sixth Streets, only three blocks from campus.
For more information on transit schedules, contact the MBTA at 617-222-3200.
A Quiet Room (Room E233) is available to students who wish to engage in meditation or other reflective practices.
Semester T-Pass Program
Semester T-passes are sold to students at a discount of 11 percent. You can purchase passes online with a credit/debit card, or at the college by money order or cashier’s check made payable to Bunker Hill Community College; no personal checks will be accepted. You must present a BHCCOneCard student ID and current College registration for purchase at the college and to pick up your pass.
The deadline for purchasing a T-pass is typically one month before the start of each semester.
To view specific deadlines and prices or make an online purchase, please visit the Finance page and click “MBTA passes.”
BHCC provides a shuttle service from the Charlestown Campus to the Chelsea Campus and from the Charlestown Campus to the H-Building. You may park at the Charlestown Campus and use the shuttle. Students using College shuttle buses and vans will be picked up and dropped off at the designated areas at the Charlestown Campus, Chelsea Campus and H-Building.
Sustainability at the College
Bunker Hill Community College promotes sustainability best practices, scholarship and collaboration that help to reduce waste and energy use while enhancing the quality of life on our campus and throughout the diverse community of our students around the world. For more information on BHCC sustainability efforts, please visit the Sustainability webpage.
Interactive Building Dashboard
Learn about the College’s live energy use with the touch screen Building Dashboard located in the lobby of the G-Building. With colorful charts and graphs, the dashboard shows how much energy the College is using to light and heat the building. By touching the screen you can instantly compare the energy used today to that used yesterday, last month or last year as well as convert energy use to equivalent dollars, carbon emissions or hamburgers. You can also access the Building Dashboard online.
Single Stream Recycling
BHCC asks you to help us contribute to making our campus greener by recycling whenever possible. BHCC’s Single Stream Recycling means that anything that can be recycled gets tossed in the same blue bin. You can recycle the following: any kind of paper; any kind of cardboard including milk cartons; glass bottles, aluminum cans and foil; and any kind of plastic container (except plastic bags or wrappers), such as bottles, yogurt cups and plastic food containers.
Urban Organic Garden
You may help manage garden plots located outside the G-Building, or work with other departments that have garden plots throughout the growing season. This is a great opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture and healthy food options in an urban environment. To learn more about the Urban Organic Garden, please contact Kim Frashure, Assistant Professor in the Science and Engineering Department, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College telephones are reserved for employee use and only for College business. On the Charlestown and Chelsea campuses coin-operated TTY phones are provided for the hard of hearing. There are also two coin-operated telephones located on the Charlestown campus, one in the E-Building on the first floor at the elevator and the other in the B-Building on the second floor next to the TTY phone.