New Books, eBooks, Movies & Audiobooks

September 15, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: audiobooks, books & popular reading, downloadable books, DVDs

Visit the library’s New Acquisitions web page to view the books, movies, TV shows, audiobooks and OverDrive downloadable books added to the library’s collection in August.  The lists can be browsed by subject or format.  If you find something you’d like to borrow, use your Bentley email address and password to log-in and place a request/hold.

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


Click to view the library’s new acquisitions.

Take a #Shelfie, Get a Lanyard! Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month.

September 8, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

It’s National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Each September, the American Library Association campaigns to remind folks to sign up for a library card at their local public library. Fortunately for Falcons, your Bentley ID is your Bentley Library card!

During First Week, the Bentley Library welcomed all new Falcons with “Passport to the Library,” a self-guided open house/tour of key Library resources. Those who participated got those much-sought-after Bentley Library lanyards. If you’d like to get your very own Bentley lanyard, here’s your chance:

twitter bird iconTWITTER: Follow @BentleyLibrary and tweet us a photo of your favorite library study spot or a #shelfie in the library and use the hashtag #BentleyLibrary.

Instagram_Icon_SmallINSTAGRAM: Follow @BentleyLibrary and tag us in your library #shelfie or favorite study spot pic. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BentleyLibrary.

Once you’ve posted your photo to Twitter or Instagram, stop by the Library Services desk, show a staff member your photo, and we’ll give you a free lanyard (while supplies last).


Look, it’s a #bentleylibrary #falcon #shelfie!
Tweet or Instagram your #shelfie or a picture of your favorite library study spot to get a lanyard for your Bentley ID. Don’t forget to tag #bentleylibrary!

Since it’s National Library Card Sign-Up month, we encourage you to visit the Waltham Public Library, where all current Waltham college students are eligible for a free library card. This card includes access to their Museum Pass Program and a plethora of resources from the Minuteman Library Network. The WPL will be celebrating its 150th anniversary next year.

If you prefer digital to print, all current Massachusetts residents and students are eligible for a free eCard at the legendary Boston Public Library. You can register online and gain access to their extensive online book collection (through Overdrive) and streaming content through Hoopla.

Library Printing Update

September 3, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, services

The most frequently asked questions at the library this week have been “how do I print?” (from new students) and “are these printers working?” (from returning students). Just before fall classes started, Bentley’s IT Client Services made an important change to the campus printing network, affecting library computer use and printing. Users who wish to print from a library computer are now required to login to the computer using their full Bentley email address and network password. To release a print job, users must swipe their Bentley ID at the printer.

Details about the network printing changes were provided in an email sent by the Help Desk to all students on Tuesday, September 2nd (copied below):

Dear Students,

Welcome back to Bentley.

Over the summer there has been a change to the network printing stations located in the Library and the Student Center. The keyboards have been removed and you will now swipe your ID only to view and print your jobs.

The network printing queues are named “Falcon” (black and white) and “Falcon Color”. As a reminder, print jobs remain in the queue for 48 hours only. After that time, they are deleted.

If you plan to print from the Library computers, you will need to login to the Library computer using your full Bentley email address and your network password. The username, “.\classuser”, is no longer a valid login to the Library computers.

As a recap, printing from the network printers in the Library and the Student Center will now be done by swiping your ID card.

When using a Library computer, you will need to use your network credentials (Bentley e-mail and password) to login and use the computers. The username “.\classuser” is no longer available.

Please contact the HelpDesk at the contact information below if you have any questions.

Best wishes for a successful semester.

IT Client Services Help Desk

Library Lower Level
Faculty Staff Help Desk – 781-891-2854
Student Help Desk – 781-891-3122

If you need help using the library computers or printers, please visit either the Library Services Desk or the Reference Desk.

Library Closed Labor Day Weekend

August 28, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: hours

The library will be closed Saturday, August 30, through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).  Normal library hours will resume when fall classes begin on Tuesday, September 2.

When our doors are closed you can still access library databases and download eBooks and audiobooks to enjoy on your computer and mobile devices. Log-in with your full Bentley email address and password to access the library’s online resources.

For more information about the library’s hours please view our full hours calendarHave a great long weekend!

Passport to the Library Open House for New Students, Friday 8/29

August 27, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: events, general news

arrivalsWelcome, all new students! The staff of the Bentley Library are excited to help you have a great first year. Learn how at our open house event – Passport to the Bentley Library –  on Friday, August 29th between 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Drop in for a self guided tour, and along the way you’ll discover that the library is more than just books. We will show you how to get help with your papers and assignments, book study rooms, print to the library from anywhere on campus, borrow free museum passes, download eBooks to your mobile device and more.

Collect six or more stamps on your library passport, and be entered to win a Kindle and other great prizes!

 Passport to the Bentley Library
Friday, August 29
11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

#BentleyLibraryPassport  #Bentley2018

This is a special opportunity to meet the library staff and learn about all of the library’s services and resources. We look forward to seeing you at the library on Friday and throughout the year! Please follow us on Twitter @BentleyLibrary and Facebook for all the latest library news.

Please Take Our Survey: Which Museum Passes Should We Offer?

August 26, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news, services

Did you know that current students, faculty and staff can get free or reduced admission to a bunch of local museums and attractions? We certainly hope so, but even if you didn’t know about (or use) the library’s museum pass program, we want your feedback. Please take two minutes to complete this anonymous survey to help us decide which passes to offer. Thank you!

Click to view and reserve available museum passes.

Click to view and reserve available museum passes.

New & Notable Nonfiction is On Display

August 25, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: displays

Some of the most important and interesting nonfiction published within the past year is now on display at the library. These books have been pulled from the stacks by our reference librarians to showcase titles that may have escaped your notice when they were originally added to the shelves. You will recognize some of these titles and authors from the bestseller lists, while others were chosen based on recommendations from professional and scholarly review sources.

Stop by the lobby to browse the display. We will continue to add new books that catch our eye as they arrive, so check back often!


Scan on Demand Turns 1!

August 14, 2014 by Amy · Comment 
Filed Under: services

Bentley’s Scan on Demand is celebrating its first birthday! What is this Scan on Demand, you say? It’s a free service offered to obtain digital scans of articles and book chapters from the Bentley Library’s print collection.

Scan on Demand is available to current Faculty and registrar-approved Online Learners. If you already use our Interlibrary Loan service, then you’re already registered for Scan on Demand. We use ILLiad to process both Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand requests.

You can login to your ILLiad account from either our Scan on Demand or Interlibrary Loan pages. Once you’ve logged in to ILLiad, select “Scan on Demand” from under the “Place a New Request” options.

Scan on Demand in the ILLiad Menu

Scan on Demand in the ILLiad Menu

Submit your request and remember that the more information that you provide, the faster you’ll get what you need. Within 2 to 3 days, you will receive an email from notifying you that your request is available to download from your ILLiad account. The scans are in PDF format and must be downloaded within 30 days of receipt.

THE FINE PRINT: Faculty members, please keep in mind that Scan on Demand is intended for the scanning of material for use in personal research. This service does not extend to material intended to be posted on Blackboard for student use. Such requests are considered e-reserves and should be submitted in person at the Library Services Desk or via the online request form.

MORE FINE PRINT: A maximum of five requests per day will be processed. Staff will process the first five requests in your queue. Volume permitting, we will process additional requests. So, please prioritize your requests by submitting the articles your need the most first. If you are requesting more than one chapter from a book, you must place a separate request for each chapter. We adhere to the University’s Copyright guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 781-891-2301. Or, if you’re in the Library, stop by the Library Services desk and ask to chat with Amy Galante or Kristen Richards.

Database of the Month: Ad$pender

August 12, 2014 by Kimberly · Comment 
Filed Under: databases & e-resources


Ad$pender from Kantar Media is a web based tool that you can use to track spending on advertising by industry, company, brand or product. Ad$pender provides the current five years of national spending on internet, television, magazines, newspaper, radio and outdoor (billboard) channels. Data is accessed through customizable reports which are available to download as a spreadsheet or view in .pdf format.

Questions you can answer using this resource include:

  • How much does a specific company spend on advertising?
  • Which media channels do companies use to market their products?
  • When do companies spend money on advertising?
  • What industries spend the most money advertising on the Internet?
  • And many more…

How to create a Custom Report

customereportsSteps to retrieve data:

  1. Select Media/Market (i.e. Internet Advertising / Boston Market)
  2. Select Time Period (i.e. Month, Year to Date, 2012, etc.). You can select multiple time periods.
  3. Select Product or Show All (i.e. a category might be Baby Products/ a product might be Nike)
  4. Report Format (choose the rows you want to show and the order for sorting).
  5. Report Options(.csv, .pdf, etc.)
  6. Report Summary (give your report a name and review the specific criteria that you’ve chosen).

After you have created and run a report, your screen will appear as below:


click to view larger image

As this tool is web based, you need to keep using the “Refresh Listing” button [Red #1 on above screen capture] to find out if the report has finished running. The final report will appear under view [Red #2 in the above screen capture] when the report is completed. The check mark [Red #3 in the above screen capture] is for the specifications or spec of the report. The Spec report is a useful way of keeping track of what you asked for. You can use the Spec report as a way of rerunning or tweaking your report criteria to find the data you want.

Of note: The time it takes to run the report depends on the size of the data set requested. The more specific you can be with your request, the smaller the file size and the faster the report will run.

More Information and Help

Help is available at the Ad$pender site including a “Brand Central” document that is particularly useful for understanding the hierarchy of Ad$pender’s category and product levels.  The Goizueta Business Library also provides this excellent handout for using this resource.  Please contact the Reference Desk if you’d like more help using Ad$pender.

Ad$pender can be accessed via the Databases A-Z page and the Marketing Databases page.


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

Bentley Ranked #15 “Best College Library”

August 7, 2014 by Lisa · Comment 
Filed Under: general news

We are proud to report that Bentley University has made its second appearance in the “Best College Library” category of The Princeton Review’s college rankings! Bentley is ranked #15 for Best College Library in the 2015 edition of The Best 379 Colleges (published August 2014).best379 Bentley was previously included in the Best College Library rankings of the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review’s publication.

This ranking is a result of the company’s survey of over 130,000 students attending the 379 colleges in its book. Students were asked to rate their own schools on various topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The survey included the question “How do you rate your school’s library facilities?”.

The Best 379 Colleges 2015 edition also ranks Bentley #4 for Best Career Services and #17 for Best College Dorms. Visit the The Princeton Review’s college rankings site to learn more about their lists and methodology.

The library thanks all of the Bentley University students who helped us to be recognized as a “best college library”!

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