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Resources for Students, Faculty, and More

The BAC’s Library offers specific resources for different audiences, including students (both online and on-campus), faculty, staff, alumni, and the greater public.

Current Students

Students of the BAC—whether you are taking a single course or an entire degree program—have full and complete access to the Library’s many resources. Explore our collections, search online databases, and contact Library staff with any questions. 

View specific Student Library Policies, such as returns, borrowing, fines, and more.

Online Students

Researching from a distance? Your BAC username and password grants you access to a variety of resources:

Article Requests

The BAC Library will scan and send copies of any magazine or journal article available in our print collections, so be sure to check the Library's online Journal List to see if we own the journal physically, or if we have it available as full-text through one of our databases. If the article you are looking for is not available either in the Library or as full-text online and you would like to request a copy, please submit the Distance Article ILL Request Form.

Book Requests

Distance students are granted the same borrowing privileges as onsite students, and may check out books during their onsite residency or request to have the books mailed to them during the course of the semester. The Library will cover the cost of mailing out books, but students are responsible for returning the books to the Library.

Tips for Book Delivery

  • Check the BAC Library catalog to be sure that the item is located in either "Main Stacks" or “Storage.”
  • Make sure that the book is not checked out or on reserve for the semester. The library catalog record should say "Available." We will inform you if the book is missing from our collection.
  • Reference Books, BAC Thesis Documents, and Closed Stacks books do not circulate.
  • The BAC Library will NOT send non-book material such as maps, plans or DVDs.
  • If you are in a rush, try checking your local public library for the books you need. Many libraries participate in consortia and have access to the collections of other public and college libraries in your state.
  • To find books in libraries located near you, try worldcat.org, a freely available online catalog of local library holdings. You can visit the site or use the search box on our page.

How to Request a Book Delivery

If you wish to request that BAC library books be sent to you, please email the BAC Library with the following information:

  • Your name and BAC ID number
  • Title and author of the book(s)
  • Link to the catalog record(s) for the book(s)
  • The shipping address to which you would like the book(s) to be sent.

Book Returns

Distance students can return books by U.S. Mail, FedEx, or UPS. We recommend that your books be returned by a delivery service that will insure and track your material.Until we receive the books, you are responsible for any lost books or overdue fines incurred.

All books should be returned to the following address:

BAC Library
Boston Architectural College
320 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

Distance Master's Students

Borrowing Limit: 15 books
Borrowing Length: 4 weeks
Renewal Limit: End of the semester
Fines Limit: $10.00 or more

Online Certificate Program Students

Borrowing Limit: 15 books
Borrowing Length: 4 weeks
Renewal Limit: End of the semester
Fines Limit: $10.00 or more

Online Continuing Education Students (NOT enrolled in a certificate program)

Online Continuing Education (CE) students may have the same borrowing privileges as online certificate program students if they pay a $50 refundable deposit for the semester in which they are currently enrolled. Contact the library for a borrowing deposit form.

Alumni

BAC Alumni may pay a $65 annual fee plus a $65 refundable deposit per annum to borrow Library materials. The total initial investment for alumni borrowing privileges is $130.

Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff of the BAC have full and complete access to the Library’s many resources. Set up library instruction for your students, request to purchase Library materials, and contact Library staff with any questions.

Course reserves are syllabi-adjacent, required course materials (including books, disks, journal articles, maps/plans, photocopies, and electronic resources) submitted each semester by instructor request. Materials are maintained behind the Library’s circulation desk and are available for in-library use only, so that all on-campus students may access the materials they need at any point during Library hours in order to complete their coursework.

The Library staff will work with you to set up a reserve list for one or any of your current or future classes. Contact Dana Sly, Associate Director of the Library, at 617-585-7337.

Would you like your students to become more familiar with the resources and materials available at the BAC Library? The Library’s information literacy sessions provide library orientation, fundamental search strategies, subject-specific resources, and the opportunity to discuss good information stewardship and the thoughtful evaluation of library resources. Advanced, interactive workshops provide a more focused look at using a particular research tool and advanced research techniques. Librarians will work with you to create a session that is tailored to your students’ specific research needs.

To schedule an information literacy session for your class, please contact Dana Sly at 617-585-7337.

If there are articles that you need for research or teaching that the Library does not own in print, we may be able to supply a copy of the article from another library. Interlibrary Loan services are available to all BAC students, faculty, and staff for research purposes.

To place a request, please submit an Article ILL Request Form. NOTE: If you are a faculty member for a Distance or online education program, please use the Distance Article ILL Request Form.

Do you have a recommendation for material that the Library should acquire? The Library welcomes suggestions for purchases of materials that we don’t currently own. We are happy to work with you to fulfill your needs.

Contact Robert Adams, Director of the Library, at 617-585-0232 if you have any suggestions or purchase requests.

Please consult the faculty borrowing policies to learn more.

Community/Public

The Library is open to the public for reference purposes. Materials may be used within the library, on our scanners, and with our photocopier. However, materials must remain in the library when in use by the public. Library resources can only be borrowed by active BAC community members. To visit, please see our current hours.


For use of Memorial Library material, appointments must be made with Robert Adams, Director of the Library, at robert.adams@the-bac.edu.