Services for Distance and Online Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get an electronic library barcode?

Any student who is taking only distance or online courses.  Students who are taking one or more on-campus or hybrid classes should come to Student Central in person to get a picture taken for a BHCC ID Card.

What can the library barcode be used for?

With an electronic library barcode, you can:

  • Log into your library account
  • Access the library databases from home

What can’t the library barcode be used for?

With an electronic library barcode, you cannot:

  • Use it as a photo ID
  • Get your refund
  • Borrow books from the BHCC library
  • Request books from other libraries
  • Use the gym
  • Use the shuttle

To use these services, come to Student Central on the Charlestown Campus and get a picture taken for your BHCC ID Card.

How much does it cost?

Electronic barcodes are free.

How long does it take to get my electronic barcode?

You should get a response via email within 24-48 hours.

Do I also need a library password?

Yes.  You can receive the password at the same time that you receive the electronic barcode.

How do I sign into my library account?

Go to the NOBLE Catalog and type your barcode and library password.

How do I access the databases from home?

The library's databases are located at the Library Databases webpage.

You will need your barcode and library password.  When you try to use the library's databases from home, you will see a page that asks for your barcode number and your password. Type these in the boxes and press Submit.

If you log in once, you should stay logged in for a little while. However, if you leave the computer for a long period of time, or if you shut down or put your computer to sleep, you will need to sign in again.

How do I get help with the library databases?

If you are unable to log into the databases from home, please come in, call, or email us ASAP.

Lending Services Desk: 617-228-2213

Usually we can solve the problem quickly, but we won't be here if you're doing your research very late at night or very early in the morning, so it's best to get things fixed as soon as you can.

Library Barcode/Password Applications

Do you need a library barcode and/or a library password? Please fill out the application found here: