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Bookstore

The Bunker Hill Community College Bookstore is operated by Barnes & Noble College as a service to students, faculty and staff. The bookstore offers required and recommended textbooks for all BHCC classes; most are available in a choice of new, used, digital and rental to suit your style and budget. The bookstore also carries related course materials, college apparel, gift items, school supplies, backpacks, snacks and electronics, including laptops and tablets.

The bookstore is located on the 4th floor of the E-Building. You can also buy textbooks and other items from the bookstore website. [bhcc.bncollege.com]

To contact the Bunker Hill Community College Bookstore, call 617-241-5161 or email bksbunkerhill@bncollege.com.

Visit the BHCC Bookstore web page for current store hours.


Food Service

The Thomas A. Kershaw Culinary Arts Dining Room features lunch and dinner options served in a full-service dining room or to-go from the BHCC Culinary Arts program students. The dining room is located on the fourth floor of the E-Building.

View the current hours and menu online.

In addition, Unidine Food Services operates a full-service cafeteria offering fresh food daily on a rotating seasonal menu is located on the fourth floor of the E-Building. It serves breakfast, lunch, evening fare, hot entrees, vegetarian chili, salads, soups, grill items, pizza, deli fare and pastries, as well as hot and cold beverages.

A café, located in the Main Lobby of the Charlestown Campus, is open Monday through Thursday evenings and on weekends during the fall and spring semesters. It serves breakfast items, pizza, snacks, sandwiches, salads and hot and cold beverages.

Unidine Food Service operates both the cafeteria and the café under agreement with the College.

Cafeteria Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Café Hours

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday – Thursday: 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Summer:

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

Bunker Hill Community College is committed to creating an environment that values diversity and inclusion, and practices this by creating welcoming and inclusive spaces. There are several gender-neutral bathrooms available in the G-Building.


International Center

The International Center provides programs, services and activities designed to advance the internationalization of the College community. Staff at the center provide comprehensive programs and individual assistance to international students from approximately 100 countries who are welcomed to the College every year.

Study Abroad and Global Perspective

The International Center assists students who wish to study abroad, as well as coordinates the Study Abroad Scholarship Program. The Center, with assistance from the Student Government Association, provides international study and travel experiences opportunities in locations such as Argentina, Belgium, Canada, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Scotland.

Most study abroad programs offered through BHCC are from two to eight weeks long and take place during the summer. Students can apply for a scholarship that covers 80 percent of total expenses. Information and application materials are available at the International Center as well as on the Study Abroad Program website. The deadline for applying to Study Abroad is 5 p.m. on October 27, 2017.

The Center hosts many international visitors. Center staff members develop customized training programs for educators and students from around the world. With federal funding, the Center provides support to faculty to develop new international courses and to update their courses to include an international perspective, so that graduates are prepared to practice their professions within a global and multicultural environment.

International Students

International students interest in attending Bunker Hill Community College apply through the International Center, where they can obtain the necessary documentation to apply for student visas to study in the United States. International Student Advisors in the International Center assist students in maintaining their legal immigration status, obtaining student visas, applying for a change of their immigration status, transferring to colleges and universities, obtaining work permission, obtaining practical training and arranging travel or temporary absence certification from the United States.

International Student Advisors also serve as counselors, available to discuss academic concerns and personal issues such as adjustment to life in the United States. Orientation, social and cultural programs sponsored by the Center help international students learn more about U.S. culture and the educational system.

The International Center is in Room E236. To contact the center, call 617-228-2460 or email at international@bhcc.mass.edu.


Lactation Room

Bunker Hill Community College is committed to supporting student parents. A Lactation Room has been created for students. The space,  located in G-Building across from the Athletics Office Room G118, is private, well lit, clean and secure. A toilet, sink and lockers are available.

To request access to the room, contact the Administrative Assistant in the Athletics Office at 617-228-3443.


Library and Learning Commons

Libraries are becoming learning centers that offer reading materials, digital resources, opportunities to make social connections and access to trained specialists. These resources enable you to tap into a wide variety of information and pursue your own reading interests that can improve your literacy, social networking and information skills.  

The Library is arranged into distinct zones to help students, faculty and staff access library resources:

  • Reading, Reflection, and Writing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)
  • Professional Studies (Business, Legal/Paralegal, Arts, Culinary/Hospitality)
  • Music and News
  • Archives and Exhibition

Location

The Library occupies the third floor of the E-Building.

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Outside Fall and Spring Semesters, consult the Library web page for hours.

Information Literacy Focus

Information literacy is a skill that:

  • Enables you to recognize when information is needed
  • Enables you to locate, evaluate and use the information effectively
  • Forms the basis for lifelong learning
  • Is common to all disciplines, all learning environments and all levels of education

With an eye to preparing you for success in the classroom and increasingly technology-oriented workplaces, the BHCC Library developed a series of sessions and guidelines designed to incorporate information literacy goals throughout the process of your library research.

See the BHCC Library Instruction Program page for details on our orientation and instructional offerings. 

Lending Procedures

Most circulating materials are due within 14 days of checkout and may be renewed twice, unless another person has requested them. You can check out up to five print items within the same subject at one time. You can renew materials in person at the Lending Services Desk, over the telephone (617-228-2213) or online using a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Reference materials, current-year periodicals, some special collection materials and vertical file items cannot be checked out, but you can photocopy them.

The BHCC student ID card is your library card; you cannot transfer your library privileges to someone else. Your student ID must be registered with the library to check out materials or access online databases. Also, your account must be in good standing, showing no outstanding fees or fines.

Personal Identification Numbers

A Personal Identification Number, or PIN, allows you to see online the materials you currently have checked out, renew items and request materials from the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) through inter-library loan. You can get a PIN at the Lending Services Desk. Items ordered by using your PIN are held at the Lending Services Desk and must be picked up within seven days of arrival.

Overdue Materials

Circulating materials have specified loan periods. If you return materials past the due date, you will be charged overdue fines. Overdue notices will be followed by a bill for item(s) not returned to the library. You are responsible for paying fines and fees even if you did not receive overdue notices and bills. At the close of each semester, a hold is placed on student College accounts not in good standing with the Library, which prevents course registration, graduation and release of transcripts. Overdue fines continue to accrue until all overdue items are received at the Lending Services Desk and processed. All materials not returned by the last day of final examinations each semester will be treated as overdue.

Late, Damaged or Lost Materials

The overdue fine for most circulating material is 10 cents per item per day. Fines and fees vary according to format. Note that because reserve items are in high demand, their overdue fines are higher than for the circulating collection. At checkout, make sure you know the loan parameters for the items you are borrowing; ask the library staff for details.

Report damaged or lost materials as soon as possible to the Lending Services Desk to prevent fines from accruing.

Charges for damaged or lost materials will be assessed as follows.

• Accumulated fines, if any, and the replacement cost for the item based on the published market value.

• If prices are not available, the following amounts will be charged:

  • Hardbound books: $25
  • Paperbound books: $15
  • All media (cassettes, CDs, videos, DVDs): $50
  • Museum passes: $50
  • Equipment (headsets): $75

Reserve Materials

Works chosen by faculty for use during the semester are placed on reserve at the Lending Services Desk or online at bhcc.docutek.com, via a password given to you in class. To borrow reserve items at the Lending Services Desk, you will need to present your BHCC student ID and provide the name of the instructor and title of the item you wish to borrow. Most reserve materials are for two-hour in-library use only. The reserve lists for individual courses are accessible through the online catalog by visiting the Library website and clicking on the “Course Reserve” tab.

Headsets are provided for use in the library only.

Inter-Library Loan

You can borrow materials from other libraries  through the Inter-Library Loan Service. Items generally take from a few days to a few weeks to arrive at the Lending Services Desk. Using a library PIN [link to section Personal Identification Numbers], you can submit requests directly to other libraries in the NOBLE consortium, which includes additional community college, college, public and special libraries. More borrowing options are available via the Statewide Virtual Catalog System with an active library card and PIN. This system gives you access to most academic and public libraries in Massachusetts. Finally, in the rare case that you cannot find sufficient resources in-state, the library can send out Inter-Library Loan requests on the national level.

North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE)

The BHCC Library participates in the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), which extends your borrowing privileges to 26 additional local area libraries: nine academic, 16 public and one special library. You can search NOBLE catalogs through the internet; ask one of our librarians if you need help using the BHCC Inter-Library Loan Service.

Information Services

Before embarking on a full-scale search of everything that has ever been written on your topic, check with a librarian to help you identify sources to answer your research questions. A librarian may suggest a literature review and can help narrow your focus. A librarian can help you understand plagiarism and how to avoid it, the meaning of copyright, and the software faculty often use to help detect plagiarism. In addition, a librarian can explain to you how appropriate citation and paraphrasing can be used to summarize another’s ideas in your own words. If done properly, it is a perfectly acceptable academic practice.

Embedded Librarian

One of the chief skills you will need as a learner in an academic setting is the ability to draw on a wide range of sources from a variety of authors and viewpoints, and then present a clear overview on  a topic. We are here to help you with the basic researching skills so you can successfully write assignments, essays, and reports for college and business settings.  A librarian at BHCC Library is available to work with you on a first-come, first-served basis. We encourage you to make a research appointment with the librarian, who will prepare a 20- to 40-minute individual session tailored to your information needs.

Internet Access

The library catalog can be accessed via the internet using the BHCC library web page.

Printers and Copiers

As part of a program to facilitate student research, the library offers free printing. Two printers are available for your use. To help keep printing free, we request that you use this service responsibly: please  print only what is needed and do not print documents longer than 10 pages. Two copy machines are available in the library next to the Lending Services Desk. The copiers make both letter and legal sized copies for 10 cents each, and accept nickels, dimes, quarters, and $1 and $5 bills only. The library cannot make change.

Museum Passes

In conjunction with the Student Government Association, the library offers discount passes or tickets to the following area museums: Boston Children’s Museum, New England Aquarium, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, and Historic New England. The library also has passes to the USS Constitution Museum. These passes and tickets can be obtained at the Lending Services Desk; you may not obtain more than two passes or tickets per day. Passes must be returned to the library the next day that it is open; tickets are taken by the visited museum and do need to be returned.

Information and Instructional Handouts

For your independent learning, the library provides free handouts that address questions about the library, its guidelines and Information Literacy. These handouts are available at the revolving display unit by the Lending Services Desk, as well as on the Library website.  Also, instructional support handouts are available in conjunction with library workshops that promote independent lifelong learning habits.

Information Literacy Workshop Program

The BHCC Library’s Information Literacy Instruction Program contributes to learner success in the classroom and in an increasingly technology oriented workplace. Information literacy instruction sessions are tailored to the needs of specific course assignments, highlighting the most helpful materials available and often involving students in the co-creation of information resources. Most Information Literacy outreach occurs through the workshop program, which serves 4,500 to 5,000 students per calendar year. The library encourages faculty to schedule information literacy workshops for their classes. Standard and customized course-related workshops emphasizing the goals and objectives of information literacy (available online) are designed in collaboration with faculty and students as needed.

Adaptive Library Services

The library works in cooperation with Disability Support Services. People using wheelchairs will find tables of accessible height, restrooms with accommodations and an accessible entrance directly opposite the elevator. Materials, equipment and accommodations available to people with disabilities include:

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Job Access with Speech (JAWS)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking software programs
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
  • Talking Book Program
  • Phonographs and cassette players with earphones
  • Wheelchair-accessible study tables

Lockers

A limited number of lockers are available for students to rent each semester. To rent a locker, you must fill out and sign a Locker Agreement Form in the Student Activities Office, Room D106H. Lockers are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Locker agreements will be made available on the first day of classes each semester. The following guidelines and policies apply to renting lockers at BHCC:

  • Only the lock provided by Student Activities may be used on the locker.
  • A copy of your class schedule and student ID must accompany the locker request.
  • No dangerous or illegal substances may be stored in lockers.
  • Any lock attached to the locker other than the one provided by Student Activities will be removed by the College.
  • The College is not responsible for loss of or damage to goods stored in student lockers.
  • The College reserves the right to open lockers for reasons of health or safety and will make reasonable attempts to contact the holder of the locker before or, in emergencies, after, doing so.
  • You will lose eligibility to rent a locker for the following semester if the lock is not returned by the deadline.
  • Items left in lockers will be stored for two weeks. Any items unclaimed will be disposed of or donated to charity.
  • If the locker is damaged and it is determined that this damage was caused by the renter, the renter will be responsible for the cost of repair and may be subject to disciplinary proceedings.

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located in the Student Activities Office, Room D106H. If the office is closed, leave found articles at the Security Office in the lower lobby of the B-Building, or in the dean’s office on the Chelsea Campus. After 30 days, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.


Lounges

Student lounges are in four areas on the Charlestown Campus: third floor of the A-Building, second floor of the B-Building (Main Lobby), second floor of the D-Building and first floor of the C-Building. These lounges are study areas as well as places for you to relax and spend time with fellow students. A Silent Study Lounge is also available on the second floor of the D-Building, on the tier adjacent to classrooms D214-D216. On the Chelsea Campus, the Student Lounge is located on the first floor.


Mail

There are no facilities for forwarding your mail from outside the College. Letters and packages received for students will be returned to the sender with the notification “No Student Mail Service.” Officially recognized student organizations may have mail sent to them in care of the Student Activities Office, Room D106H.


Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps ensure that all people who work, attend school, and use the College campuses are treated with respect and can pursue their endeavors without experiencing unlawful discrimination or undue impediments, barriers or obstacles. The Office monitors the implementation of the College’s nondiscrimination policies and coordinates educational opportunities and programs open to all. The Office is committed to inclusion, equal opportunity and freedom from sexual violence and harassment.

As part of a broad effort to welcome and affirm diversity at BHCC, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion annually sponsors a wide range of speakers throughout the academic year. Programs include:

  • Compelling Conversations: This series sponsors high-profile speakers who visit classrooms; share lunch with faculty, staff, students and trustees; present a lecture and sign books for guests. Speakers have included Rosie Perez, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, Michael Moore and Gloria Steinem.
  • Difficult Dialogues: This series has brought speakers to the campus such as explorer and activist Dr. Allen Counter, Judge Glenda Hatchett, author Tim O’Brien and Beverly Morgan-Welch, former Executive Director of the Museum of African American History in Boston.
  • The One Book Program: A faculty committee manages this popular “one read” program, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion supports the committee’s efforts by bringing authors it selects to the campus. These writers have included Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore; Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey; and Firoozeh Dumas, author of Funny in Farsi.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion also sponsors external speakers for celebrations such as BHCC’s Commencement ceremonies, Hispanic Heritage Week, Women’s History Month, Black History Month and International Women’s Day. 


Parking/Parking Permits 

Parking/Parking Permits

The College strongly urges you to use the MBTA and car pools to and from the College; see information on public transportation. Parking permits for student lots are required for all Bunker Hill Community College students at all times. Space available for student parking is very limited.  Vehicles parked in the student parking lot without a current valid permit will be ticketed and/or towed as appropriate. There are no warning notices given. All violations are ticketed and towed from the first offense.

Parking on the Charlestown Campus

Student parking is permitted on campus for vehicles with a valid student parking permit and only in Student Parking Lots 1 and 2 located on the far side of the Gilmore Bridge from the College. This area is accessible from the campus perimeter road or from New Rutherford Avenue between the Gilmore Bridge and City Square. Overnight parking is expressly prohibited. Vehicles left after midnight will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense. Also, during a winter storm closing, vehicles may not be parked in any parking lots due to snow removal operations. All vehicles will be towed. Students are not allowed to park in reserved parking spaces, areas designated for faculty and staff, or visitor parking spaces. There is no student parking at the H-Building.

  • Day Student Permit Parking Lots 1 and 2 are available for day student permit parking from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Evening Student Permit Parking Lots 1 and 2 are
    available for evening student parking by permit from 1 to 11 p.m.
  • One-Day Parking Permit One-day passes are available if you have purchased a parking permit but are not driving the car for which the permit was issued (e.g., rental car, parent’s car). If you did not purchase a parking permit, the one-day pass is issued on a case-by-case basis. Please go to the Campus Police Office, Room A200.

The issuance of a permit does not guarantee a parking space. The permit is a license to park if a space is available.

Fees collected for permits are applied to the cost of insurance, snow clearance, parking lot personnel, record keeping, limited lot repair and maintenance.

Parking for the Chelsea Campus

There are approximately 30 student parking spaces on the Chelsea Campus, marked by white signs. Vehicles found in spaces not designated for the College run the risk of being towed from the property.

How to Obtain a Parking Permit

  • Online purchase: Go to the Student Finance page to purchase a parking permit online anytime without waiting in line. Checks and credit cards are accepted. The permit will be mailed to the address you entered online immediately after the College’s Add/Drop period.
  • In-person purchase: After the Add/Drop period has ended and ticketing has started, permit stickers are available for purchase at the Student Payment Office located in Student Central.
  • Students with disabilities: To obtain a special area permit,contact the Health Services Office in Room E154 or call 617-228-2274 before parking in the “Handicapped Permit Parking Only” spaces.

To obtain a permit, you will need:

  • A current Bunker Hill Community College Student ID card (BHCC OneCard)
  • A current driver’s license
  • Current registration for the vehicle to be parked
  • A completed student parking permit application; and
  • Payment of the permit fee of $30 by money order, personal check, MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover

Please note: Students whose accounts are delinquent will not be issued a permit. The College is not responsible for lost or stolen permits. A replacement permit will not be issued free of charge. Only one permit per student will be issued per semester.

Replacement Permits

The charge for a replacement vehicle permit is $50. The cost is $30 if one of the following is presented: a remnant of the original permit; proof of sale or theft of the vehicle; or proof of replacement of the vehicle’s front window. Please visit the Parking page for more information.


Public Transportation

The College strongly encourages you to use the MBTA. The Charlestown Campus of Bunker Hill Community College is located directly on the MBTA Orange Line at the Community College Station. See the MBTA website for details.

The Chelsea Campus is accessible via the following MBTA bus lines.

  • BUS ROUTE 112 stops right in front of campus, and runs between Maverick Station (Blue Line) and Wellington Station (Orange Line).
  • BUS ROUTES 114/116/117 run between Maverick Station (Blue Line) and Wonderland Station (Blue Line). Each stop within a few blocks of campus, or you can transfer to the 112/Wellington at Bellingham Square.
  • The MBTA Commuter Rail has a Chelsea stop at the corner of Arlington and Sixth Streets, only three blocks from campus.

For more information on transit schedules, contact the MBTA at 617-222-3200.


Quiet Room

A Quiet Room (Room E233) is available to students who wish to engage in meditation or other reflective practices.


Shuttle Services

BHCC provides a shuttle service from the Charlestown Campus to the Chelsea Campus and from the Charlestown Campus to the H-Building. You may park at the Charlestown Campus and use the shuttle. Students using College shuttle buses and vans will be picked up and dropped off at the designated areas at the Charlestown Campus, Chelsea Campus and H-Building. You can find shuttle schedules at each location and on the BHCC website. You can also track the shuttles live via the Shuttle Tracker.


Semester T-Pass Program

Semester T-passes are sold to students at a discount of 11 percent. You can purchase passes online with a credit/debit card, or at the college by money order or cashier’s check made payable to Bunker Hill Community College; no personal checks will be accepted. You must present a BHCCOneCard student ID and current College registration for purchase at the college and to pick up your pass.

The deadline for purchasing a T-pass is typically one month before the start of each semester.

To view specific deadlines and prices or make an online purchase, please visit the Finance page and click “MBTA passes.” 


Sustainability at the College

Bunker Hill Community College promotes sustainability best practices, scholarship and collaboration that help to reduce waste and energy use while enhancing the quality of life on our campus and throughout the diverse community of our students around the world. For more information on BHCC sustainability efforts, please visit the Sustainability webpage.

Interactive Building Dashboard

Learn about the College’s live energy use with the touch screen Building Dashboard located in the lobby of the G-Building. With colorful charts and graphs, the dashboard shows how much energy the College is using to light and heat the building. By touching the screen you can instantly compare the energy used today to that used yesterday, last month or last year as well as convert energy use to equivalent dollars, carbon emissions or hamburgers. You can also access the Building Dashboard online.

Single Stream Recycling

BHCC asks you to help us contribute to making our campus greener by recycling whenever possible. BHCC’s Single Stream Recycling means that anything that can be recycled gets tossed in the same blue bin. You can recycle the following: any kind of paper; any kind of cardboard including milk cartons; glass bottles, aluminum cans and foil; and any kind of plastic container (except plastic bags or wrappers), such as bottles, yogurt cups and plastic food containers.

Urban Organic Garden

You may help manage garden plots located outside the G-Building, or work with other departments that have garden plots throughout the growing season. This is a great opportunity to learn more about sustainable agriculture and healthy food options in an urban environment. To learn more about the Urban Organic Garden, please contact Kim Frashure, Assistant Professor in the Science and Engineering Department, at kmfrashu@bhcc.mass.edu.


Telephones

College telephones are reserved for employee use and only for College business. On the Charlestown and Chelsea campuses coin-operated TTY phones are provided for the hard of hearing. There are also two coin-operated telephones located on the Charlestown campus, one in the E-Building on the first floor at the elevator and the other in the B-Building on the second floor next to the TTY phone.