Summer Session Hours: May 23 – August 12

The library’s hours during Summer Sessions I and II are:

Monday – Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Hours are subject to change on holidays, holiday weekends and when classes are not being held (between sessions). The Deloitte Cafe/Einstein’s has closed for the summer. For more information about the library’s hours please view our online hours calendar.

Dedications in Appreciation to Our Graduating Student Assistants

It’s no secret that the Bentley Library couldn’t run without the hard work and dedication of our student assistants. They help us keep the doors open 110 hours a week (plus many extra late-night hours during finals), they are the front line of support at the Library Services Desk, they help the Technical Services Department process every item that goes on our shelves, and in Interlibrary Loan they facilitate borrowing from and lending to other libraries around the world.

It is library tradition to say thank you to our graduating student assistants with a book or film dedication. We invite them to choose an item from the library’s collection, which is then affixed with a bookplate in their name. This year, dedications have been made on behalf of these Class of 2016 graduates:

Books and films chosen by the library’s graduating student assistants.

Mike Brooks

Pat Brooks

Ashley Federico

Kathryn Foley

Carla Francis

Daniel Gomez

Connie Giordano

Emma Grimes

Robert Harris

Jason Martinez

Zach Pereira

Mitchell Reynolds

You can view a display of their selections in the Popular Reading area of the library and on our Student Employee Dedications Pinterest board.

Congratulations and best wishes to our seniors, and thank you to all of our student employees for their assistance this year.

On Display: Presidential Biographies

whitehouseOn display at the Bentley Library (May 17 – June 27) is a selection of presidential biographies. Before the image of dusty dense tomes is brought to mind, please be aware that we’ve left those titles in the stacks!

There are a plethora of presidential biographies published, so choosing a small selection was the challenge. We’ve looked at Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award listings, book review sources, best presidential biography lists, and solicited faculty recommendations to prepare this display. We’ve tried to include at least two titles for each president.

When browsing the display shelves, you’ll notice that some of the titles include a “Bentley Pick” bookmark.

benteypickThese bookmarks indicate titles recommended by your fellow Bentley readers including Professors Gary Donato, Clifford Putney and Chris Beneke and President Gloria Larson. If you would like to recommend a title from this display, just fill out a bookmark at the Reference Desk or send your suggestion to and we’ll include a bookmark in your choice.

I’ve heard many interesting comments from patrons and colleagues in preparation for this display. Many roadblocks/perceptions that stop patrons from enjoying these titles include:

  1. They are too weighty/heavy!

Many of these titles are available in a handy paperback format and some are available through OverDrive and can be borrowed through an e-reader. See curated online display

  1. I don’t have the time to slog through the text!

Many of these titles are available as audiobooks on CD format and through OverDrive. Just listen while in the car, walking your 10,000 steps or relaxing on the beach : )

  1. They are too dry and boring!

Many of these titles have won awards, are best sellers, and some, according to the reviews, even read like thrillers.

Why not make a goal of reading a biography for every president? This is a challenge that many readers have taken on. For example, My Journey Through the Best Presidential Biographies is a blog by avid American history fan, Stephen Floyd, about his experience reading through the presidents. Why not read and join in the conversation? If you’d like a complete listing of all the titles recommended to keep after the display comes down, just send an e-mail request to and we’ll send you the list for your own records.

We hope that you enjoy this selection and maybe check one out for your next “beach read”. Start your journey today!


Special Library Hours: Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 22

Please note the library’s special hours for the period of time after finals end and before the start of Summer Session I. Hours will change again when summer session classes begin on Monday, May 23.

Thursday, May 12
close at 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13 – Sunday, May 22

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(open at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 13)

Saturday & Sunday:

Please note that the Deloitte Café/Einstein’s closes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, for the duration of the summer.

For more information about the library’s summer hours, view the online hours calendar.