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Information Literacy: Off-Campus Access

An Information Literate Student is a Successful Student

Access From Off-Campus and Database Login Information

Your Username and Password

Database Access:  Our databases, streaming video sites, and eBook Central require authentication, which means that you have to log into the system.  Authentication is granted to any current BCC Student, Faculty and/or Staff member.  Our login (authentication) changed in July, 2020.  We are no longer part of the CW/Mars system and have moved to the new HELM network system, a consortium whose membership includes most of the Community Colleges in Massachusetts.  Below is an illustration of the NEW login template for ALL database access.  Your User Name and Password are now the same username and password that you use to get into MyBCC.  (You probably noticed it is the same template you already use so this change is easy!)


Online Card Catalog/Book Check Out:  On the new HELM catalog system, students will also be able to check out books with their Student ID which has their Library barcode number on the back, as well as by using their student ID number and date of birth. Faculty and staff will still need their BCC ID Card which contains their Library barcode.   BCC ID Cards are created in the Library during hours when we are open to the public again. 

Getting a BCC ID Card at the Library. 

Once the Library is physically open again, we will resume making BCC ID Cards.   Bring in a form of ID with you to get a card.  Your ID Card has the Library Barcode printed on the back, which will let you check out books, use student reserves, place a Hold on a book from another HELM Library, etc.  Here is an illustration of the backside of an ID card.  Faculty and Staff IDs may have a new feature attached to their cards that will allow keyless access into some buildings. 





Problems with your BCC ID and Library Card? 

Contact Circulation at Once we reopen, you can call us at 413-236 2156.

For circulation questions, issues with non-online materials and 

You can also contact the Library once we reopen at  413-236-2150 between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

If you have any questions pertaining to database access or research/reference,or if you need one-on-one instruction, contact us at