Storm Closing: Library Closed Thursday, Feb. 9th

Due to the snowstorm, Bentley University has closed campus and canceled all day and evening classes on Thursday, February 9th. The Bentley Library will remain closed during the snow emergency. Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Friday, February 10th at 7:30 a.m..

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.

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.

Stay warm and safe!

Join the Transcribe-a-thon for Black History Month, Tues. 2/14, 12-4pm

Volunteer to help bring history into the 21st century!

Colored Conventions Project Transcribe-a-thon for Black History Month

Tuesday, February 142017
Drop-in hours 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
live stream from University of Delaware’s event, 12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.
Research Instruction Center (RIC), Room 11, lower level

The Bentley Library is happy to be partnering with the University of Delaware’s Colored Conventions Project for a Black History Month volunteer Transcribe-a-thon! In honor of Frederick Douglass’ birthday, volunteers will gather at libraries across the country to help with a digital transcription project.

Never heard of digital transcription? No problem! All you have to do is read and type!

About the projectTranscribe-a-thon poster

The University of Delaware has digitized hundreds of historic documents from “Colored Conventions” – political strategy meetings held by free and fugitive black citizens both before and after the Civil War. Documents from these meetings tell us about how participants strategized to “achieve educational, labor and legal justice at a moment when Black rights were constricting national and locally.”

Digital versions of these documents are publicly available on the Colored Conventions Project website, but they are difficult to browse. By transcribing the documents into plain text, volunteers help to make the documents text searchable, which allows researchers to read documents on tablets or phones, to conduct keyword searches, and to index terms.

What will I be doing as a transcription volunteer?

Volunteering is simple, and you can help out even if you only have a few minutes to spare. Drop-in to the library’s Transcribe-a-thon in the Research Instruction Center on Tuesday, February 14, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Library staff members will be on hand to show you how to submit transcriptions and how to make note of illegible words or other oddities.

A live stream from the University of Delaware from 12:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m will include speakers, a happy birthday song for Frederick Douglass, and more.

Stay for a few minutes or a few hours!  Snacks will be provided.

If you are able, please visit before the event to familiarize yourself with transcription and sign up for an account. For more information, please contact Jaimie Fritz, Project Archivist.

New Popular Reading, Movies, TV Shows & More!

Check out the new books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and eBooks that were added to the library’s collection in January! Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new book, DVD and audiobook 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.

Improve Your Writing Skills With Help From the ESOL Center & Writing Center

The Writing Center and the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center are now accepting appointments for the spring semester.  The tutors at both centers have the desire and expertise to help you improve your skills and to feel more confident.

Don’t wait until the last minute – start the semester off right by utilizing these valuable resources! Both centers are located on the lower level of the library. See below for more information about their services, hours and appointments.

ESOL Center
schedule appointments:

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.

Spring 2017 Hours:

Monday:  9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday:  9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday:  10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Writing Center
schedule appointments:

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.

Spring 2017 Hours:

Monday through Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: 6:00 p.m. –  10:00 p.m.

Database of the Month:

film reel and slate

Awards season is just around the corner when Hollywood bestows various honors related to film and television. Whether you are a cinephile or a casual viewer, the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, can be a wonderful resource to help you navigate the ins and outs of the industry.

IMDb ( is a freely available database that originally started in 1990. The database includes millions of records and is considered to be an authoritative source for film and television.

Content includes:

  • Records for movies and television shows
  • Entries for industry professionals and celebrities including actors, directors, writers, composers, producers, and more (including filmographies and brief biographies)
  • Trivia
  • Quotes
  • Industry news & event coverage
  • Box office charts & trends
  • Release calendars

Found movies on IMDB that you would like to watch? Bentley Library has a number of DVDs and streaming films.

Search the Bentley Library Catalog to find our available DVDs or search one of our streaming film collections:

  • Films on Demand offers educational film titles in a variety of subject areas.
  • Kanopy includes many various collections including films from the Criterion Collection, documentaries, films appearing at various international film festivals, Academy Award winning films and nominees, and more! Browse collections or search for specific titles.
  • Swank Digital Campus includes both classic and contemporary films. Some past award winners such as American Beauty, Argo, The Hurt Locker, and The Departed are available in our collection. Can be searched by title or genre.
Image Credit: thumb_film_reel_2_1. By ScypaxPictures, 2010, (Flickr). Used under Creative Commons License BY-ND 2.0 with no modifications.


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 this free web resource (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.

You’re Invited! Reception for Centennial Exhibit, Wed. 1/18 at 12:30pm

Please join us at the opening reception for the second Bentley centennial exhibit – The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham – on Wednesday, January 18, at 12:30 p.m. Trustee emeritus and Centennial Committee chairman, George Fantini ‘64, will offer brief remarks.  Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

Library clock tower arrives
“The Growth of the Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham”
On view in the RSM Art Gallery, January 17 – March 5, 2017

About the exhibit:

The Bentley Campus: From Boston to Waltham traces the university’s history from a small room in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood to the sprawling suburban campus we know today. Find out what life was like for Bentley students in the early decades of the 20th century, discover how Bentley’s leaders made the bold decision to move to Waltham, and get a glimpse of “Cedar Hill” before our now iconic buildings were constructed.  A wealth of new video content from the Bentley Archives will premiere with this exhibit. Gallery visitors can use the new interactive viewing tablet to watch founder Harry C. Bentley give a speech, see construction workers lay foundation for the Waltham campus, and view what the dormitories looked like in the 1980’s.

On Display: Best Books of 2016

Best Books of 2016Happy New Year! In keeping with tradition, we have spent the last couple of months combing through some of our favorite reviewer’s year-end best books lists* to bring you our 8th annual Best Books display.

Stop by the library’s lobby to browse 2016’s best fiction and nonfiction titles. With over 160 books to choose from, we are certain you will find something to capture your interest. Some of these books have received numerous accolades and publicity, but you’ll also find great books that did not receive as much mainstream attention.  Many of these titles are also available to download or read/stream online from OverDrive, our digital book and audiobook collection.

If you don’t find anything at first glance, we encourage you to keep checking back.  Books will be added to the display as new acquisitions arrive and currently checked-out books are returned. If you have a best books list to recommend, please share in the comments.

These are just a few of the best books of 2016

* Lists consulted: Bloomberg, Booklist, The Boston Globe, CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, The Christian Science Monitor (fiction; nonfiction), 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.