Banned & Challenged Books Week Shines the Light on Censorship

September 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week!
Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.

Earlier this month a Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee banned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels because of fears that the books’ magical spells “risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.” Surprised? You shouldn’t be. In “Harry Potter and 20 Years of Controversy“, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom describes the history of challenges against the beloved series since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in the United States in 1999.

This isn’t an isolated incident. In 2018, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials. The graphic below reveals the Top 11 most frequently challenged books of 2018, and you can download the complete list of all titles challenged last year from the OIF’s website.

Please join us in celebrating free and open access to information during Banned Books Week. Visit our lobby to browse a pop-up display of banned and challenged books. While you’re here grab a button to show your support for the freedom to read.

For more information about banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, Banned Books Q&A, and more. Don’t forget to follow #BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and Instagram to stay abreast of the latest news.

Database of the Month: Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is a multidisciplinary database providing millions of articles from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources with extensive coverage in key subject areas, such as biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental science, history, marketing, political science, and psychology.

To make the most of this database, view the Resource Guide (3 pages in pdf)

In addition here are three tips for the Bentley researcher: Topic Finder, Word Count and Cite.

1. Topic Finder:

Use to generate a visual representation of your search results by topic and subtopic. Topic Finder organizes results based on the frequency of occurring terms, allowing you to hone in on targeted keywords, envision connections between topics, and create new research paths. Use Topic Finder if you’re having trouble coming up with a research topic, when you have an idea for a topic and want to investigate related topics, or when you want to narrow your search results.

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Textbooks at the Library? Maybe! Here’s How to Check…

We are often asked if we have course textbooks. The answer is, “maybe“.

Although the Bentley Library does not purchase textbooks, it is worth checking to see if (1) your professor has placed a copy of the textbook on reserve or (2) your textbook happens to be in the library’s regular book collection.

(1) Check Course Reserves

Sometimes professors put a copy of the class textbook on reserve at the library. You can search course reserves for your textbook by your professor’s last name or the course code. Reserve readings can usually be checked out for 2 hours, but some professors may allow a longer borrowing period.

(2) Search the Library’s Catalog for Your Textbook

Sometimes the library will have a copy of your textbook in the stacks. This is more likely for books that are not “standard” textbooks, such fiction/literature, business titles, popular nonfiction books and biographies. Search the library’s catalog by title and/or author for your textbook. If you do find your textbook, double-check the publication date or edition number to ensure it is the same edition required by your professor.

For More Help…

Have questions about textbooks? Stop by the Reference Desk, call 781.891.2300, send email to or contact us using our chat/IM widget.

Find answers to more library FAQs in AskUs, the library’s FAQ database.

Library Hours for Fall 2019

Ready or not, it’s time to go back to school! The library’s regular fall semester hours start on Monday, August 26:

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please note that our hours will change during the Labor Day holiday weekend, Fall Mini-Break, and Thanksgiving break. Check our hours calendar to view the library, café and Help Desk hours for the entire semester.

Don’t hesitate to stop by, call, chat, or email us if you need help or have questions. Have a great semester!

Passport to the Library: New Student Open House, Friday Aug. 23, 1-4pm

Welcome, new Falcons! The Bentley Library staff look forward to meeting you and helping you begin your Bentley journey. All new students are invited to drop in to our open house—Passport to the Bentley Library—during the Academic Resources Expo on Friday, August 23, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. 

As you explore the library on a self-guided tour you will learn about important library services and resources, including study rooms, research help, printing, museum passes, Interlibrary Loan, streaming films, and more! Along the way you will be given fun (and useful) giveaways. If you collect six or more stamps on your library passport, you can enter to win Air Pods and other great prizes.

Follow @BentleyLibrary on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the latest library news. Don’t forget to tag us @BentleyLibrary and #BentleyLibrary in your pictures and posts.

Database of the Month: Academic Video Online

Bentley Library is pleased to announce an addition to our streaming film database collection! Along with Films on Demand, Kanopy, and Swank, we have just added Academic Video Online from Proquest. AVO is curated for an academic audience and contains a wide range of US and international films on subjects including business, counseling, history, language learning, music, and more. Formats include plays, documentaries, feature films, and US government content from major distributors including CNN, BBC, Dow Jones, and Sony Pictures Classics.

Browsing and Searching

Users can browse by channel type

and search by keyword and filter results based on subject, publisher, person, content type and release date.


When viewing a film in AVO, there are a number of features to enhance the viewing experience.

Among them:

  • Full transcription
  • Film details, including a synopsis
  • Clip feature that allows users to create clips of the film to share
  • Option to share as a direct link or embed into Blackboard
  • Citation tool for MLA, APA, and Chicago formats
  • Closed captioning for accessibility purposes
  • Mobile playback on all iOS and Android devices.

Getting Help

Be sure to visit the Help Page for tips on searching and browsing, citing and sharing, and information on technical requirements for optimal viewing.

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 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.