January's Arrivals! New Books, Movies and Audiobooks.

Check out the 147 new books, DVDs, downloadable books, and audiobooks acquired in January. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

February 2018 new acquisitions
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Database of the Month: IBISWorld Industry Research

The IBISWorld Industry Research database has been a vital resource here at the Bentley Library for several years. For those of you who may not be familiar, here’s what you need to know about IBISWorld:

Report Types:

  • IBISWorld provides U.S. Industry Reports for 700+ industries.
  • Users can also find hundreds of U.S. Specialized Industry Reports for niche and emerging markets. Examples of specialized reports include Car Sharing Providers, Craft Beer Production, and Fantasy Sports Services.
  • The database includes access to 75 Global Industry Reports, which focus on industry performance in key regions like Europe, Asia, the Middle East and more.
  • Supplementary Brexit Impact Statements are available for all U.K. industries. These updates provide a briefing on the rapidly changing U.K. economy and the short-term threats, opportunities, and developments affecting each industry.

Report Contents:

  • Each industry report is approximately 30-40 pages in length and is updated regularly (up to 3 times per year), ensuring that they reflect the current state of an industry.
  • Reports contain trends, statistics, and analysis on industry performance, products and markets, the competitive landscape, major competitors in the industry, and operating conditions.
  • Each report examines details such as supply chain linkages, demand determinants, cost structure benchmarks, basis of competition, barriers to entry, capital intensity, revenue volatility, and regulations and policies.
  • Key statistics include industry data and financial ratios.
  • 5-year forecasts for each industry.
Each IBISWorld industry report includes 9 chapters, and 34 sub-chapters of industry insights, analysis, and data.

Connect to IBISWorld

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and select IBISWorld Industries and Markets to begin your search.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to a useful website or library database, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about these resources (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of this resource for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Writing Center & ESOL Center Hours for Spring Semester

The Writing Center and the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center are now accepting appointments for the spring semester. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library. See below for more information about their services, hours and appointments.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center
schedule appointments: https://bentleyesol.mywconline.net/

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation and conversation enrichment? Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center. Due to high demand, students are encouraged to schedule an appointment online. You may also call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available.

9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Writing Center
schedule appointments: https://bentley.mywconline.net/

Writing Center staff are available to provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. Tutors will act as a sounding board for ideas, review a draft, help you make sense of a professor’s comments on previous papers, or talk about writing in general. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment online, but you may also call 781.891.3173 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a tutor is available.

limited hours week of January 22; full schedule starts January 29

Monday – Thursday:
10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

RSM Art Gallery Exhibit: Debra Kennedy | “Color – Light – Passion”

By day Debra Kennedy is the Director of Executive Education at Bentley University; at night and on weekends she paints! Opening on January 20th in the RSM Art Gallery is an installation of Debra’s paintings she has titled Color – Light – Passion.  We are very pleased to host a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We hope you can join us!

Color – Light – Passion
Paintings by Debra Kennedy

January 20 – March 2, 2018

Artist’s Reception:
Wednesday, January 24, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Gray's Beach Marsh by Debra Kennedy
Gray’s Beach Marsh by Debra Kennedy

Artist’s Statement:

Debra Kennedy is a representational artist and has been a painter most of her adult life. Her paintings document places she spends time: in Boston, on Cape Cod, and in southern Florida. For many years Debra worked solely in watercolor and loved the loose fluidity of the paint and the challenge of the experience. For the past several years she has been working in oils, enjoying the texture and the richness of color. By day Debra is the Director of Executive Education at Bentley University. At night and on weekends she paints! For Debra, “creative pursuits have a way of stretching all aspects of thinking and seeing challenges. Painting is play – it is good for the soul.”

Website: www.debrakennedystudios.com Facebook: @debrakennedyartist

On Display: Best Books of 2017

Best Books of 2011Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to read more in 2018, we have just the thing you get you started…our 9th annual Best Books display! This year we have combed through 20 year-end best books lists* to bring you over 130 of the top titles published last year. The display includes fiction and nonfiction, print and audio. You’ll find wildly popular bestsellers alongside books that were critically acclaimed yet didn’t receive as much mainstream attention.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse. If you don’t find anything of interest at first glance please keep checking back. We will add books to the display as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned.

Many of these books are also available as downloadable and streaming eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Happy reading!

Best Books of 2017

* Lists consulted: AudioFileBloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Entertainment Weekly, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Inc., Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Publishers Weekly, strategy+business, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Hours for Wintersession Classes & Holiday Weekend: January 8 – 15

The library’s hours will be extended during wintersession classes, Monday, January 8 – Friday, January 12, 2018:

Monday, January 8 Thursday, January 11:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday, January 12:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The library will be closed for the weekend and on Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Saturday, January 13 – Monday, January  15 (holiday):

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed until Tuesday, January 16.

The library will resume regular semester hours at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 16. For more information about library, café or help desk hours, please view the online hours calendar.

Storm Closing on Friday, January 5. Library Reopens Monday, January 8.

Update! Bentley University will be closed on Friday, January 5th due to the snowstorm and severe cold temperatures expected.  The library will also remain closed.  We will reopen on Monday, January 8, at 8:00 a.m. 

For official updates about the status of the university, check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020. We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.