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Borrowing Policies

BCC students, faculty, and staff are required to use their BCC Campus Card to borrow materials. Community patrons must use their SAILS borrower’s card. Individuals are responsible for all materials borrowed. Borrowing privileges may be suspended due to excess fines or overdue materials.

Loan Period for Items:

  • Books: 1 month

  • Audio Books: 2 weeks

  • Music CDs: 2 weeks ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Educational VHS/DVD: 2 weeks ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Feature Film VHS/DVD: 2 days ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Maximum Number of Items Borrowed at One Time: 10

  • Mobile Hotspot (New Bedford campus): 2 weeks, no renewals, no holds. ($5.00 per day over due fine if not returned by due date). For Hotspot policy see below. 


Renewals may be transacted by telephone at any campus. in person or via the SAILS Online Catalog.

Returns and Overdue Books

BCC Libraries do not charge fines on overdue books; SAILS borrower's card users may be charged for overdue items borrowed from other SAILS libraries. BCC Libraries do charge overdue fines on videos and CDs ($1 per day per title). Students with extended overdue items may have their grades or transcripts withheld until books are returned or restitution made.

Lost/Unreturned Item Fee

Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed. In the event of loss, they pay the current replacement price and processing fee. Materials lost, damaged beyond use or not returned are subject to a $5.00 replacement fee in addition to the cost of replacing the item. More information on procedures is available at the Circulation Desk 508.678.2811, ext. 2105.

Please note: All BCC students incurring $10.00 or more in fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended and transcript holds placed until their library accounts are settled. Community library users incurring the same level of fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended until their accounts are settled.

Group Study Rooms

At the Fall River Library group study rooms which are available to students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Bristol Community College for group study and library research projects.  

The group study rooms are usually available to groups of three or more in the library for use on a first-come, first-served basis.  When not in use by groups, these rooms are available as study space.  

It is also possible to reserve the rooms, and reservations are taken up to two weeks in advance.  No individual may have more than 3 pending bookings at one time within the two week period.  Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.  Generally, same day reservation requests cannot be honored, but may be possible depending on room availability.

Group study rooms are not to be used for functions such as committee meetings, lectures, or seminars. They are not to be used in place of the classroom assigned by the Registrar.

While study rooms are designed for collaborative work, there is still a need to maintain a suitably quiet study environment for other Library patrons.

Library Instruction Position Statement

Library instruction sessions are available for every subject area. Open time slots are balanced with other librarian responsibilities and fill up quickly. If possible, plan to schedule library sessions prior to the start of the semester to ensure your preferred dates; otherwise, during the semester, we request one week's notice for scheduling instruction sessions. Faculty members are expected to be present for the duration of the library class.

A class can cover general library skills or be customized to meet the needs of a specific assignment, in which case a copy of the assignment should be provided at the time you book the class. Research has shown that students retain information and skills taught in library instruction sessions when they are presented in the context of an assignment and incorporate active learning (i.e. hands-on) strategies.