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Aug. 27 - Dec. 22, 2015

Mon 8 AM - 10 PM
Tue 8 AM - 10 PM
Wed 8 AM - 10 PM
Thu 8 AM - 10 PM*
Fri 8 AM - 7 PM*
Sat 10 AM - 6 PM*
Sun 12 PM - 5 PM*
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CLOSED Nov. 26 - 29


Collection Development

Collection Development Librarian
Prof. Joanna Bevacqua
Room S430D

Electronic Resources Librarian
Prof. Kanu Nagra
Room S410L
212-220-8000 x7487

Textbook Program

Since the Spring semester in 1997, the BMCC Library has acquired one copy of each required textbook and placed it on 2 hour Reserve in the Library at the Circulation Desk. Budget permitting, the Library intends to continue this successful project. In an effort to make these materials available in a timely fashion, it is imperative that the faculty inform the Library which textbooks will be required at least one month before the beginning of each semester.

Departmental Liaisons

Chair Person Departmental Rep. Contact Librarian

Josh Wolfson Corinne Crawford
Barbara Linton, x1448
Allied Health Sciences

Everett Flannery Linda Carlson
Joanna Bevacqua, x1446
Business Management

Mahatapa Palit Hung Wu Barbara Linton, x1448
Computer Info. Systems

Toby Ginsberg Yan Chen Kanu Nagra, x7487

Ken Levinson Sharon Avni Jean Amaral, x5114

Joyce Harte Jami Carlacio
Lane Glisson, x7112

Phyllis Niles x1450

Jean Amaral, x5114
Ethnic Studies

Albert Duncan Rigoberto Andino Wambui Mbugua, x1447

Jean Amaral, x5114
Health Education

Phil Belcastro Richard Packard Joanna Bevacqua, x1446

Jean Richard   Wambui Mbugua, x1447
Media Arts & Technology

Christopher Stein Savanna Forbes-Washington Phyllis Niles x1450
Modern Languages

Maria Enrico Valerie Thiers-Thiam Vicente Revilla, x1498

Jean Amaral, x5114
Music and Art

Howard Meltzer Michael Morford Lane Glisson, x7112

Phyllis Niles x1450

Jackie Nichols Janice Summers Joanna Bevacqua, x1446

Joel Hernandez Phillip Penner
Dorothea Coiffe, x1446

Taian Zhao, x1462
Social Science


  Criminal   Justice





  Political   Science



Sangeeta Bishop Brenda Vollman/
Meryem Zaman

Linda Wadas, x1443

Robin Brown x1445

Kanu Nagra x7487

Linda Wadas, x1443

Robin Brown x1445

Linda Wadas, x1443

Kanu Nagra x7487

Joanna Bevacqua, x1446

Dorothea Coiffe, x1444
Speech Com. & Theater Arts

Hollis Glaser Daphnie Sicre Wambui Mbugua, x1447

Phyllis Niles x1450
Student Life

Marva Craig   Robin Brown x1445
Teacher Education

Janice Walters Holly Kurtz Phyllis Niles x1450

BMCC Library Materials Selection Policy

It is the function of the Library to serve the mission of the college. A planned development of the Library collection best fulfills that function, and a stated selection policy best serves a logical and appropriate collection development.

As an integral part of the total education experience the Library is concerned with the intellectual, cultural, and social development of the college community. Its primary purpose is to participate in the instructional program of the college by collecting, making accessible and assisting in the use of books and other materials needed by students, faculty and staff.

To this end the Library attempts to provide in as great a degree as possible the materials needed:

  1. By students in their studies
  2. By faculty in direct relation to their teaching
  3. By the administration and staff in the conduct of college business, excepting, in all these instances, materials which are rare, highly specialized or very expensive.

An effort is made to develop the various subject areas of the collection in approximate proportion to the emphasis placed upon them in the curriculum.

Thus, in addition to supporting the curriculum, the Library collects selected materials in all major subject fields, whether taught at the college or not, in order to stimulate and encourage students to extend their intellectual and cultural interests. To a limited degree the Library also offers books and other items of a purely recreational nature, such as the leisure reading paperback collection.

Since budgetary resources are always a concern and costs are continually increasing, the informed and judicious selection of materials becomes even more important in the development of a balanced and usable collection. In order to broaden the range of selection and take advantage of individual areas of specialization, the Library encourages all faculty members to submit their recommendations for purchase. Staff and student suggestions are also welcome. The Library faculty assumes responsibility for keeping abreast of newly available materials and makes recommendations for purchase in assigned subject areas. The Collection Development Librarian, under the direction and supervision of the Chief Librarian, has the responsibility for the coordination and systematic development of the collection as a whole and makes decisions as to suitability for purchase and practical judgments as to format, number of copies, etc.

In striving to meet its objectives within the limits of its resources, the Library observes the following guidelines:

  1. In subject areas, which are included in the curriculum, the Library's goal is to support undergraduate course work at a community college level. These collections include a judicious selection from currently published monographs which are supported by the Library's retrospective monographs; a broad selection of the works of secondary writers; a selection of the major journals either in print or in electronic format; a variety of electronic resources; and current editions of the most significant reference tools and bibliographies.

  2. In subject areas not included in the curriculum the Library maintains highly selective collections which serve to introduce and define the subject and to indicate the varieties of information available elsewhere. These collections include a few current monographs, selected important works, historical surveys, a few major periodicals, major reference tools and bibliographies, and supporting electronic resources.

  3. With few exceptions, the Library collects materials in the English language only, including translations into English of appropriate works of fiction and non-fiction written in other languages. The major exception to this practice is that the Library purchases the texts and supporting works of fiction for courses in foreign languages and literature, as well as encyclopedias and other selected reference tools in the languages taught.

  4. For the Reserve Collection the Library purchases at least one copy of each required text to supplement the student's own copies. Additional copies may be purchased in cases when the total number of students needing the text is especially large or usage is particularly heavy. Additionally, professors can place course materials on Electronic Reserve.

  5. The Library endeavors to purchase, in addition to required texts, all recommended readings which appear in course syllabi. Also, an effort is made to acquire any related supporting materials.

  6. In the acquisition of new titles for general circulation the major emphasis is placed on recent publications. Among these, preference is given to works which will be expected to fill future as well as current needs, and to works which fill a gap in the collection. There are classics in all subject areas which are of continuing importance and the Library collects these titles and replaces them as necessary.

  7. The Library endeavors to represent opposing sides of controversial issues in its collection and does not exclude any materials because of the race or nationality of the authors, or the political, moral, or religious views expressed in his or her works.

  8. Hard cover books are preferred to paperbacks because of their greater durability.

  9. Costly items receive especially careful scrutiny. Favorable critical reviews appearing in both library and general periodicals are regularly used as criteria for selection.

  10. The Library accepts gifts of books and other materials with the understanding that they will be added to the collection only if appropriate and otherwise disposed of if they are not.

  11. With oversight by the Chief Librarian the overall coordination of the Reference Collection is the responsibility of the Head Reference Librarian. Purchase requests for reference titles are routed to him/her for approval.

  12. With oversight by the Chief Librarian the Serials Collection is the responsibility of the Periodicals Librarian.

    The following selection guidelines are observed:

    • The Library gives first preference to serials which directly support the curriculum. Many are also available electronically.
    • Areas of general student, faculty and staff interest are given strong representation.
    • The Library purchases popular magazines for recreational reading and browsing.
    • The Library gives preference to serials which are included in at least one index.
    • Faculty recommendations and requests receive serious consideration.
    • Backfiles of serials titles are maintained on microform and in the Library's collection of electronic resources. An A-Z journal list is maintained on the Library's website.
    • Gifts of serials are accepted under the same conditions as gifts of books.

  13. With oversight by the Chief Librarian, the selection and purchase of materials for the Media Collection is the responsibility of the Media Librarian.

    The following guidelines are observed:

    • The Library collects educational AV materials for instructional use in the classroom, and follows, where applicable, the selection guidelines for printed materials.
    • The Library presently collects DVDs, video cassettes, and CDs. Content, cost, and ease of use determine the format chosen.
    • While efforts are made to develop a balanced collection in order to support the whole range of courses offered at the college, the Library studies the pattern of past AV borrowing and considers recommendations from the faculty.

  14. The Library maintains the Archives for materials relating to the history, development and character of the college. The publications and official records of the college are collected, including catalogs, reports, yearbooks, brochures, minutes of meetings, and announcements. This collection is the responsibility of the Archivist. Some of this collection has been digitized and is available through the Library's Web site.