Understanding the Library Basics


I discovered me in the library. I went to find me in the library."

Ray Bradbury


Open to the BCC community and the general public, the Jonathan Edwards Library provides a wealth of resources onsite and online. 

The library also maintains a website that grants 24/7 access to full-text online articles, videos and ebook databases for BCC students, faculty, and staff.  Whether you are connecting to us remotely or in person, we are here to help you succeed in all your academic pursuits.

At Jonathan Edwards Library you can...

  • Read our print collection of 50,000+ books!
  • Access millions of articles online on our databases!
  • Get research assistance from our Librarians, Karen and Andrea.
  • Borrow textbooks from Course Reserves (in-Library use)
  • Visit our Academic Technology/ Computer Lab to access the Digital Commons for PCs, Macs, and computer help. 
  • Access Moodle
  • Visit the new Tutoring Department
  • Eat your sandwich
  • Meet with your study group
  • Make copies for free
  • Use our collaborative workstations
  • Conduct a dissection online with Visible Body
  • Read one of our 175,000 eBooks— on campus or at home in your pajamas!
Contact Us
Live Chat Services:

Reference: 413-236-2157
Main: 413–236–2150
Circulation: 413-236-2156

Regular Library Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed


Use our webpage to locate material in the library and online. Look under the Find It box at

Student IDs: Get your ID in the Library!


While our building is now open, Mon. – Fri. 8 AM – 4 PM, the Library continues to provide online services. 

Please note that all visitors must fill out the Campus Access Request Form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus: Campus Access Request Form

The Jonathan Edwards Library follows CDC and Governor Baker's guidelines. We have many online services and resources available.  This video describes how to access some of our many online resources.

 Please  contact us at the Library Staff links above so we can help serve your needs.  You can still return checked out books by dropping them into our book drop at the top of the stairs outside the library.

BOOKS at BCC - Searching the Helm Catalog

The Library is now a member of HELM, an academic consortium and NEW online library catalog system.  Learn more about about our NEW database Login.  Check out our new tutorial, Using The NEW HELM Catalog

To search for the location of books or other materials in the Library, click on the Books button. Here you’ll find a search template to search for items located in our collection.  Our print collection of over 50,000 is located on the ground floor. The catalog will also connect you to links to our huge collection of eBooks. A copy of every textbook in our Course Reserves Collection is also available at the Circulation Desk for in-library use. 

The Helm Catalog - Searching Other Libraries

If BCC doesn’t own the item you need, try searching our partner HELM libraries by “un-scoping the catalog.  Select All HELM Libraries from the dropdown menu to the right of the Search box. 


Once you find the item you want, check to make sure it is available.  If so, click Place Hold. Login with your username (Student ID number or barcode) and password (six digit date of birth).  If you are staff/faculty your username is still your barcode and your password is your last name in UPPER CASE.  Holds are not available from many libraries right now  due to COVID.
Need a tutorial for using HELM? Check out Using The NEW HELM Catalog.


You can access millions of articles 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection on our databases.  To get to article databases, click here on Articles

You can also get to our databases, and ALL of our online resources, from the Library's Main Library page by clicking on the Database & Article link under the phrase FindIt.  This takes you to the A-Z list of all of our databases and once there you have two choices for searching the databases.   You can:

  • Search a single database from the A–Z List.  Descriptions are provided when you scroll over the database titles.
  • Search selected multiple databases at once. To do this, in the A–Z List, choose either the All EBSCOhost Databases OR All Gale Databases link. 

Please note that choosing either of these will not search ALL of our databases. To access non-Ebsco or Gale Databases, like Science Direct or Medcom, you will have to select these separately.  

Logging Into Databases From Off Campus

When you’re off campus, you have to log into our databases.  We now have a single login which is the same login you use to get into MyBCC.  


Types of Databases

In addition to article databases, the library subscribes to streaming video and eBook databases. 

  • Ebook Central contains over 140,000 ebooks. To fully use this database, you should sign in, even when on campus. Save books to your Bookshelf to check them out.
  • Films On Demand provides thousands of streaming videos with transcripts in all subject areas.
  • Medcom is a streaming video database of nursing and allied health films.

Database Search Options

Most databases have similar formats, including search boxes where you type your query, options to print and email your results, citation assistance, etc. Search options include (but are not limited to):

  • Full text printing
  • Peer reviewed/academic journals
  • Advanced search options
  • Choice of date range
  • Document or publication type
  • Boolean searching, etc.

Need more help?  Try our new tutorial Accessing Databases Remotely Through HELM

Walk-in Zoom Reference and Zoom Reference Appointments

Zoom Reference meetings to help you with your research are available on a first-come-first-serve basis between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, or by appointment.  Walk-In Zoom Waiting Room  Meeting ID is 932 529 1729.  There may be a short delay due to lines.  Schedules may vary depending upon staffing. If contacting us after hours, consider making an appointment at


Access to the BCC campus is currently restricted.

All visitors must fill out the Campus Access Request Form at least 24 hours prior to arriving on campus:

Campus Access Request Form