Scheduled Wireless Network Outage: December 19th - 23rd

December 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: issues & outages

alertDue to scheduled network equipment upgrades, the wireless network in the library will not be accessible Friday, December 19 – Tuesday, December 23.  

Library patrons will be able to access the internet using the library’s public computers or by connecting their laptop to the wired network with an ethernet cable.  Ethernet cables will be available to borrow at the Computing Services Help Desk and the Library Services Desk.

If you have questions or need assistance please ask at the Library Services Desk or Reference DeskWe apologize for this inconvenience.

Our Turn: Bentley Library Responds to 14 Days to Have Your Say!

December 17, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

The staff of the Bentley Library thanks everyone who submitted comments and suggestions during 14 Days to Have Your Say! During the 14 Days period, library staff refrained from commenting in order to encourage a free and open discussion, but rest assured, every post and comment has been examined.

Now it is our turn to respond to the issues that arose most frequently and to highlight the solutions that will be implemented in the coming months. If you have questions about anything you see (or don’t see) here, don’t hesitate to contact us at

Click here for the full document

We’re still listening!  We’d like to remind you that you don’t have to wait for the next 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog to voice your opinion or make a recommendation. Contact us at or use the Contact Us link on the library’s website to send us your feedback anytime.

Don't Be Late! Return or Renew Library Items Before Winter Break.

December 9, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

Avoid annoying overdue notices and fines by returning your library books and DVDs before leaving town for winter break. Now’s the time to log-in to your library account to see what you currently have checked out. Return your library items at any time using the 24-hour return box located at the main entrance of the return drop

If you plan to stay in the local area and use the library during break, you may renew your items online. Log-in to your library account to request book and DVD renewals. Most items can be renewed one time – books for 4 weeks and DVDs for 7 days.

Contact Library Services at 781.891.2168 or if you have questions about your checked-out items or need renewal assistance.

View the library’s winter break hours at

Out with the Old, in with the New

December 4, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: services

On Friday, December 17, 2014 all ILLiad (interlibrary loan) transaction records prior to January 1, 2009 will be deleted as part of planned maintenance. You can view your past requests by logging into your ILLiad account.

Login to your ILLiad account to view your past requests

Login to your ILLiad account to view your past requests

If you would like a list of your past ILLiad requests, please contact us at or 781-891-2301. You may also stop by the Library Services desk and ask to speak to Amy or Kristen. We can export your transaction history from ILLiad into Excel. The deadline to request records is Monday, December 15, 2014.

When we perform maintenance on Friday, December 17, ILLiad might run slowly, or not at all. Updates will be posted on the library’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

If you haven’t used interlibrary loan before, check out our page for information on this free service offered to current Bentley students, faculty, and staff. We are proud to share library materials around the globe.

Flat Stanley with a map of some of the libraries that we've shared resources with!

Flat Stanley with a map of some of the libraries that we’ve shared resources with!

24-Hour Access for Final Exams Begins Monday, December 8th

December 3, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

night-owlThis semester the library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 8 (the day before Reading Day) and ends at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18 (the last day of exams).

*Please note the weekend exception: The library closes at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopens at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying!

Monday, December 8  – Saturday, December 13:
24 hour access
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 9 and remain open
until 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 13

*Saturday, December 13:
Close at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 14 – Thursday, December 18:
24 hour access
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, December 14 and remain open
until 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 18

What to expect:

  • Reference services will not be available during the extended hours.
  • All patrons in the building at 2:00 a.m. will be required to show a Bentley ID in order to remain in the building.
  • Patrons entering the library after 2:00 a.m. must enter via the front entrance and will need to show their Bentley ID upon entry.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view the full hours calendar online. Best of luck with your finals, and have a wonderful winter break!

Browse Our Newest Books, DVDs, eBooks and Audiobooks

December 2, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

The new acquisitions lists for the month of November have just been posted. View the 300+ new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to library’s collection last month. If you find a book, DVD or audiobook you’d like to borrow, click the [REQUEST] button to log-in and place a hold. Visit OverDrive to download new eBooks and mp3 audiobooks to your mobile device.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

Click to view the new acquisitions lists.

Follow us on Pinterest to be alerted as new popular reading, audiobooks and DVDs hit the shelves throughout the month.

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours From Tuesday 11/25 to Sunday 11/30

November 20, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

Holiday hours will be in effect at the Bentley Library from Tuesday, November 25 through Sunday, November 30:

Tuesday, November 25:
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26 – Saturday, November 29:
Closed — Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 30:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Please note that the Deloitte Café (Einstein’s) closes at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, and reopens at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1.

For more information about the library or cafe hours please view our hours calendar. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break!

Database of the Month: Mintel Reports

November 13, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources

click to go to Mintel ReportsMintel Reports is one of the Bentley Library’s premier databases for consumer market, product and brand research. Mintel’s coverage is domestic and international, providing reports for the US, UK, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Spain.

Database Features

Using primary and secondary data sources, Mintel publishes more than 600 market research and consumer lifestyle reports in the Beauty & Personal Care; Food & Drink; Financial Services; Health & Wellbeing; Household Goods; Lifestyles; Retail & Apparel; Technology & Media; and Travel sectors.

Mintel helps researchers understand customers, markets and product usage by providing:

  • market sizes, shares and forecasts
  • market drivers and performance
  • consumer demographics, attitudes and behaviors
  • consumer trends and their business implications
  • competitive context
  • leading companies, brand profiles and brand share
  • advertising, promotion and marketing strategies
  • product innovations
  • retail channels
  • social media overviews

Researchers can download Mintel’s infographics, data, charts and graphs to use in reports and presentations. In addition to market research reports, the Mintel database contains current product and brand news and analyst insights.

Create a Mintel Reports Account

To use the Mintel Reports database you must register for an account using a Bentley email address. At the Mintel Reports log-in page, first-time users should click on [Create a Personal Profile]. Complete the registration form using your Bentley email address.

Access the Mintel Reports Database

Visit the Marketing Databases page to access Mintel Reports and other consumer and market research resources.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please Ask a Librarian. If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact Adam Williams, Research Instruction Coordinator at

On Display: What’s Cooking?

November 12, 2014 by Macee · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

Photo courtesy of Flickr user General Mills

Did you know that the library has cookbooks? With winter and the holidays approaching, my colleague Erica and I have decided to share the Bentley Library cookbook collection with you for culinary inspiration.

We’ve chosen books about cuisines of specific countries and regions, dietary choices, and food items, to name a few ways the display can be sliced and diced (pun intended, of course!). We’ve also selected a few chef memoirs, biographies, kitchen helps and food science titles, and some recent films on DVD.

To feast your eyes on what we’re offering, come to the Library to browse the display, look at the entire list in the catalog (if you’d like, click the “Request” link to place an item on hold) or view selected display titles on Pinterest. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please ask at the Reference Desk.

Bon appetit!

Thank You for Contributing to 14 Days to Have Your Say!

November 12, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

Thank you to the Bentley community for contributing so many thoughtful comments and suggestions to the 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog.14 Days to Have Your Say!

Between October 29th and November 11th we recorded 4,728 blog views and logged ­­­113 posts and 73 comments. You gave us much to consider, and in the coming weeks we will be reviewing what everyone had to say. The library will post a response on the 14 Days to Have Your Say! blog site as soon as we can.

The blog is now closed, but you can always send your comments, suggestions and feedback to the Bentley Library at Thank you!

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