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Circulation and ILL Policy

Circulation and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Anyone wishing to borrow library materials should bring his ID card, OneCard, or library card to the Lending Services Desk. Patrons cannot check out materials or access online databases if their cards are not registered with the Library. The borrower’s account should be in good standing, showing no outstanding fees or fines.

Library privileges

  BHCC OneCard BHCC Student ID card Faculty/staff ID card Other NOBLE library card Other Massachusetts library card Community borrower card
Visit the library Yes    Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Use books in library Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Use computers and online databases in library Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Borrow regular books Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Borrow reference books No      No    No No No No
Borrow reserve items Yes Yes    No No No No
Borrow headphones Yes Yes No No No No
Borrow periodicals No No No No No No
Borrow archival and special collections materials No No No No No No
Access our online databases remotely Yes    Yes    Yes    No No No
Place intra-consortial (NOBLE) ILL requests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Place Commonwealth Catalog ILL requests Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Place OCLC ILL requests Yes Yes Yes No* No*    No
Place ILL requests for articles No No Yes No No No
Use a BankMobile bank account Yes No No No No No


*Patrons may place OCLC ILL requests through the home or main library that issued their barcode

Most circulating materials are due within 14 days of checkout and may be renewed twice, unless another person has requested them. Renewals may be made in person at the Lending Services Desk, over the telephone (617-228-2213), or online using a library password. Reference materials, periodicals, reserve materials, and some display and special collection materials cannot be taken out of the library, but photocopying is allowed.

Borrowing Period

  Borrowing Period Renewals Fine Maximum Fee if Lost
Circulating books 14 days 2 10¢ per day $25
Reserves 2 hours though variable none 50¢ per hour $25
DVDs 3 days none $1 per day $50
Headphones 2 hours none 10¢ per hour $25
ILL Items 14 days Based on Lending Library Based on Lending Library Based on Lending Library

 

  • Reserves are In-Library Use Only. Check out at Lending Services Desk. Please adhere to borrowing period. Fines incurred if late.
  • Reference Materials and Periodicals are In-Library Use Only.
  • Headphones are In-Library Use Only. Check out at Lending Services Desk. Please adhere to borrowing period. Fines incurred if late.
  • Overdue Notices are generally sent two months after items are first checked out.
  • 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.