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Library Mission Statement

The mission of the BCC Libraries is to contribute to teaching and learning at the College by:

  • Developing, maintaining, organizing and making accessible a collection of resources that supports the curriculum.
  • Serving as an educational and cultural resource for the communities in the college’s service areas.
  • Teaching information literacy skills and knowledge.
  • Providing a physical environment conducive to accessing information, imparting information literacy, learning, studying, and maintaining a collection of print resources.
  • Providing library services designed to meet the information needs of the College community.
  • Collaborating with faculty in an effort to ensure the effective collection and use of library resources.

About the Library

A Bristol Community College Library can be found on the Attleboro, Fall River, and New Bedford Campuses. Research Librarians are available at these locations, as well as virtually for all BCC students, including distance learners and students at the Taunton satellite. 

BCC Libraries provide access to an extensive collection of electronic resources which can be accessed from the web both on and off campus; however, to access our resources from off-campus you will need to activate your Bristol Campus Card with the Library.  Physical collections can be accessed or distributed to and from any Bristol Campus or Library in the HELM Network and beyond.

Library collections are built in consultation with the faculty to best support the academic work of the campus community.  Information literacy education is also provided through individual research appointments (Book-A-Librarian), and in-class library instruction.

Overview of BCC Library Resources:

  • Over 80 academic and research databases covering a wide range of disciplines.
  • More than 30,000 eBooks, and more than 15,000 streaming videos, CDs, and DVDs.
  • More than 60,000 print titles, and more than 300 journals and newspapers.
  • Over 3,000,000 titles available via the SAILS Library Network with your activated BCC Campus Card.
  • An extensive archives, containing works by faculty and staff, college publications, and the Lizzie Borden Collection.