Library Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a library card?
Your valid student ID card is also your library card. Contact the Office of Student Services to obtain the card.
Do you have typewriters or computers for writing papers in the library?
There are no typewriters available; however, computers with word processing software are available for BSCC students in the library.
Does the library have textbooks?
The library does not acquire textbooks used in courses. To see whether or not a particular book is available, check the OPAC terminals.
Are group study rooms available?
Yes, we do have study rooms available on the Sumiton Campus, Fayette Campus, Jasper Campus, and a study area on the Hamilton Campus.
My instructor left a book (or an article) in the library?
Where do I go to get this material?
Any books, journal articles, class notes, tests, etc., an instructor puts on reserve for a course is kept at the Circulation Desk.
Where can I check my email?
Yes, you may check your email on the library computers.
Can I bring food into the library?
Patrons cannot bring food or drinks in the library.
Can I bring my children to the library?
Children must be 14 years old to use the computers. Children must remain with patron that brought them into the library. Unaccompanied children will be reported to Security.
Where is Lost and Found?
Items found in the library are brought to the Circulation Desk. Car keys, wallets and items of value are given to the Office of Student Services.
How do I check out books and DVDs?
Your BSCC ID doubles as your library card. Bring your BSCC ID to the library for check-out.
Can I borrow a laptop?
No, laptops are not available for check-out at the library.
Can I return my library books to any of the BSCC campus libraries?
Do I have to come to the library to do my research?
The libraries offer a great deal of information online, so you can access many resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can search the library catalog and access content from our databases (including ebooks and articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers). If you need assistance while off-campus, expert help is available by phone or email. Ask a Librarian.
How can I borrow items from another BSCC library?
You can have items sent to your campus library from any of the other BSCC Libraries via Intercampus Loan. (Some items, such as reference books, may not be available for InterCampus Loan. Check with your librarian for details.)
How can I access books, periodicals, databases, and other information resources from my computer at home?
Visit the BSCC Library’s webpage. You will find links to the library catalog, periodical indexes, and many other useful resources.
If I find something in the library catalog that I want, how can I borrow it?
Once you have located an item in the catalog, click on the Interlibrary Loan Request Form
on the webpage complete the form and you will be guided through a series of steps which will allow you to either have it mailed to you or held for you to pick at the closest BSCC Library to you.
How can I get books or periodical articles that are not available in either the BSCC Libraries?
If you are a currently registered student, you can request that we borrow material for you from another library. In order to initiate a request, please use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form. When the material arrives, we will contact you. If you would like the material mailed to you, please state that in the “comments” field of the form. Otherwise, we will hold it for you at the Circulation Desk of the BSCC Library closest to you. Please note: It may take ten days to two weeks for your request to be filled.
What if I need help finding information for my research?
Librarians are available to provide you with research assistance. Check the library webpage for the telephone numbers of the librarians closest to you or you may also submit a question online by visiting our Ask a Librarian webpage.