Summer Students, the Writing Center & ESOL Center are Here to Help!

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are now open and accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes. Walk-ins are welcome (please check their hours before dropping in), but appointments are strongly encouraged. Use the appointment links provided below. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library. Please note that this summer the Writing Center is offering online (synchronous) assistance!

The ESOL Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 26
appointments: https://bentleyesol.mywconline.net/

Monday and Wednesday
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center. 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. Schedule online, call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available.


The Writing Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 23
appointments: https://bentley.mywconline.net/

Monday
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online only)

Tuesday
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (in-person OR online)

Wednesday
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (online only)

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills. This summer, the Writing Center will be open on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for in-person assistance. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged.

New for summer 2018 – online assistance! You are also invited to have an online conference with a Writing Center tutor. Conferences are booked and held through the Writing Centers’s scheduling site, WCOnline.

Bentley Library Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks of 2017/18

Welcome to the 9th annual Bentley Library Top 10! 

At the end of every academic year we rank the library’s most popular books, audiobooks, DVDs, and OverDrive downloadable ebooks and audiobooks based on the number of times they have been borrowed (excluding items placed on reserve for a class). These are our very own “Bentley Bestsellers” lists!

What stood out this year? Two older titles that inspired award-winning TV shows garnered renewed interest – Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Seventeen years after the publication of Angels and Demons, Dan Brown’s fifth installment in the Robert Langdon series, Origin, landed on three of our lists. Author A.J. Finn scored big with his thrilling debut novel, The Woman in the Window, while returning authors Jennifer Egan, John Grishman, Harlen Coben, and Lee Child proved to be as popular as ever. But perhaps most notable is the absence of Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis, a book that had appeared on five prior lists!

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the reading and viewing habits of the Bentley community as much as we do, and that you’ll be inspired to borrow something that appears here. There were many ties in the rankings, so you have quite a few options.

Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2017-2018 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks, Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloaded eBooks and OverDrive Downloaded Audiobooks.

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

1. LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng [check availability]

2. BIG LITTLE LIES by Liane Moriarty [check availability]

3. BEARTOWN by Fredrik Backman [check availability]

4. (tie) TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT by Maria Semple [check availability]

4. (tie) THE TB12 METHOD: HOW TO ACHIEVE A LIFETIME OF SUSTAINED PEAK PERFORMANCE by Tom Brady [check availability]

4. (tie) ORIGIN by Dan Brown [check availability]

4. (tie) TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green [check availability]

8. (tie) WOOLLY: THE TRUE STORY OF THE QUEST TO REVIVE ONE OF HISTORY’S MOST ICONIC EXTINCT CREATURES by Ben Mezrich [check availability]

8. (tie) RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS by Kevin Kwan [check availability]

8. (tie) BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B. A. Paris [check availability]

8. (tie) MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

1. GETTING TO YES by Roger Fisher and William Ury [check availability]

2. HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carneige [check availability]

3. THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR: A BOOK OF PRACTICAL COUNSEL by Benjamin Graham [check availability]

4. (tie) QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN’T STOP TALKING by Susan Cain [check availability]

4. (tie) HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J. D. Vance [check availability]

6. (tie) AN INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL LEARNING: WITH APPLICATIONS IN R by Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, and Robert Tibshirani [check availability]

6. (tie) OPTIONS, FUTURES, AND OTHER DERIVATIVES by John Hull [check availability]

6. (tie) SECRETS OF POWER NEGOTIATING: INSIDE SECRETS FROM A MASTER NEGOTIATOR by Roger Dawson [check availability]

9. (tie) BOND MARKETS, ANALYSIS, AND STRATEGIES by Frank J. Fabozzi [check availability]

9. (tie) POWER CUES: THE SUBTLE SCIENCE OF LEADING GROUPS, PERSUADING OTHERS, AND MAXIMIZING YOUR PERSONAL IMPACT by Nick Morgan [check availability]

9. (tie) THE NEW JIM CROW: MASS INCARCERATION IN THE AGE OF COLORBLINDNESS by Michelle Alexander [check availability]

9. (tie) THINKING FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [Compact Disc]

1. (tie) INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins [check availability]

1. (tie) DON’T LET GO by Harlan Coben [check availability]

1. (tie) LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson [check availability]

4. (tie) THE BOYS IN THE BOAT by Daniel James Brown [check availability]

4. (tie) ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE by Elizabeth Strout [check availability]

4. (tie) THE MINISTRY OF UTMOST HAPPINESS by Arundhati Roy [check availability]

4. (tie) FIRE AND FURY INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolff [check availability]

8. (tie) THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead [check availability]

8. (tie) MY OWN WORDS by Ruth Bader Ginsburg [check availability]

8. (tie) THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood [check availability]

8. (tie) SAME BEACH, NEXT YEAR by Dorothea Benton Frank [check availability]

8. (tie) ORIGIN by Dan Brown [check availability]

8. (tie) THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

1. WONDER WOMAN [check availability]

2. DUNKIRK [check availability]

3. THE BIG SICK [check availability]

4. BABY DRIVER [check availability]

5. (tie) BLADE RUNNER [check availability]

5. (tie) THE RED TURTLE [check availability]

5. (tie) THE BOSS BABY [check availability]

5. (tie) SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING [check availability]

9. (tie) GET OUT [check availability]

9. (tie) THE LOST CITY OF Z [check availability]

9. (tie) ATOMIC BLONDE [check availability]

9. (tie) MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS [check availability]

 

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks [OverDrive]

1. THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah [check availability]

2. THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn [check availability]

3. (tie) A COLUMN OF FIRE: THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH SERIES, BOOK 3 by Ken Follett [check availability]

3. (tie) THE MIDNIGHT LINE by Lee Child [check availability]

5. (tie) FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolff [check availability]

5. (tie) PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee [check availability]

5. (tie) STILL ME by JoJo Moyes [check availability]

8. (tie) THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham [check availability]

8. (tie) TWO KINDS OF TRUTH by Michael Connelly [check availability]

10. (tie) AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE by Tayari Jones [check availability]

10. (tie) DON’T LET GO by Harlen Coben [check availability]

10. (tie) END GAME by David Baldacci [check availability]

10. (tie) FORCE OF NATURE by Jane Harper [check availability]

 

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks [OverDrive]

1. MANHATTAN BEACH by Jennifer Egan [check availability]

2. BEFORE WE WERE YOURS by Lisa Wingate [check availability]

3. (tie) THE ROOSTER BAR by John Grisham [check availability]

3. (tie) WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER: AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Ta-Nehisi Coates [check availability]

5. (tie) THE POWER OF MOMENTS: WHY CERTAIN EXPERIENCES HAVE EXTRAORDINARY IMPACT by Chip Heath and Dan Heath [check availability]

5. (tie) THE RULES OF MAGIC by Alice Hoffman [check availability]

5. (tie) WHAT HAPPENED by Hillary Rodham Clinton [check availability]

8. WHEN – THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING by Daniel H. Pink [check availability]

9. (tie) FIRE AND FURY: INSIDE THE TRUMP WHITE HOUSE by Michael Wolff [check availability]

9. (tie) LEONARDO DA VINCI by Walter Isaacson [check availability]

9. (tie) PACHINKO by Min Jin Lee [check availability]

9. (tie) PRINCIPLES: LIFE AND WORK by Ray Dalio [check availability]

9. (tie) THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW by A. J. Finn [check availability]

 

View previous Bentley Library Top 10 lists:

May Acquisitions: New Books, Movies, and Audiobooks

Finally have some free time to catch up on your leisure reading? The library’s new acquisitions lists are a great place to start browsing! We added more than 200 new books, DVDs, and audiobooks to the library’s collections in May. 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.

Even if you aren’t near campus this summer you can still borrow books and audiobooks. Use the OverDrive app to download ebooks and digital audiobooks 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 contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Special Hours & Activities for Bentley Reunion, Saturday June 2

Looking Back with Nostalgia
Join us for a trip down memory lane, courtesy of the Bentley Archives!
Bentley University Reunion Weekend
Saturday, June 2  |  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Welcome back to campus, Bentley alumni, family, and friends!

We invite you to stop in to the library to view two Bentley Archives exhibits that celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bentley’s arrival in Waltham and talk with the University’s archivist, Jaimie Fritz. The exhibits—“Waltham Campus” and “Bentley Milestones”—will be on display in study rooms 102 and 103. Perhaps you can help Jaimie identify documents and photographs! If you’d like to bring your own Bentley memorabilia, we will scan or photograph your items for the Archives. You’ll also have the opportunity to make your own souvenir button.

While you’re here, take a stroll around the library to view our spaces and collections. (If you graduated before 2006 the building will look quite different!) We’re happy to answer any questions you have. Enjoy your visit and have a great Reunion Weekend!

Dedications in Appreciation to Our Class of ’18 Student Assistants

It is a Bentley Library tradition to show appreciation to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. Each student is invited to select an item that is meaningful to them, which is then affixed with a special bookplate in their name. A display of their selections will be available soon in the Popular Reading area. You can also view the photo album on Facebook and our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2018 graduates:

Ana Belliard
Poet X

Amelia Cheung
Milk and Honey

Aaron Coss
Divergent

Isabelle Fang
Beauty & the Beast

Carlos Gonzalez
The Tao of Pooh

Peter Hersey
Ahead of the Curve

Nathan Louf
Faithful

Sarah Paulhus
The Bad Beginning

Jasmine Rosa
Incantation

Emely Santos
Higher Education and First-Generation Students

The library could not operate without our student assistants. We rely on them to be the face of the Library Services Desk, to keep our stacks organized, to help process every new book, DVD, and journal that arrives, to fulfill ILL requests, and to handle so many behind-the-scenes tasks that we can’t list them all here! Our doors would not be open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (and around the clock during finals) without them! The library staff thanks all of our student assistants and sends best wishes to our graduates. Congratulations!

Special Library Hours: Thursday, May 10 – Sunday, May 20

Thursday, May 10 (last day of  final exams)
close at 6:00 p.m.
The Deloitte Café/Einstein’s closes for the summer at at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12  & Sunday, May 13:
CLOSED

Monday, May 14 – Thursday, May 17
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday, May 18
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 19  & Sunday, May 20:
CLOSED

Library hours will change again on Monday, May 21. For more information about summer hours at the library and help desk please view the online hours calendar.