Library Status & Services: January 19-31

Happy New Year! Like all of you, the Library has been busy preparing for the start of online classes on January 19th. During the first two weeks of the trimester library staff will continue to provide services and resources online to the Bentley community. We plan to reopen the building on February 1st, barring any changes to the University’s scheduled resumption of in-person operations. We will post updated information here when we reopen.

Starting the Spring Semester Online
Library Services and Resources
January 19-31, 2021


Contactless Pickup & Returns

  • We will be offering contactless pickup on Wednesdays in January from January 13th-27th (excluding course reserves). Simply search our online catalog, click “request” on any item you want, sign in with your Bentley credentials, and submit the request. You will receive a confirmation email with pickup instructions.
  • If you have books or DVDs to return please place them in the book return drop, located at the main entrance.  The book drop is open 24×7.

Online Library Services Help

  • If you have questions about borrowing/renewing books and other library items, Course Reserves, Museum Passes, or building operations, please contact Library Services via phone 781.891.2168, email or live chat.
Library Services Help Hours: January 19 – 31
Sunday noon – 8:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturdayclosed

Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand

Online Resources and Research Help 

  • The library website—library.bentley.edu—is your portal to accessing online library services and resources. Your Bentley email address and password grant you remote access to most library databases and electronic resources – anytime, anywhere. 
  • Librarians have created research guides for popular topics and specific classes such as GB214 and GB320. The guides are a great help in getting started when doing research for projects and papers. Don’t wait to check them out – your first assignments will be due very soon!    
  • Contact the Reference Desk for research help via email refdesk@bentley.edulive chat, or text 781.728.0511. Research consultations via Zoom are available by appointment.
Reference & Research Help Hours: January 19 – 31
Sunday1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Reference & Research Help page for full services and contact information.


Additional details about the library’s operations can be found on the Bentley Library Status and Services page. For information about online resources please visit the Getting Started @ the Bentley Library – Online guide. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance finding materials, accessing electronic resources, or conducting research.

Contactless Pickup Now Available!

The Bentley Library will remain closed to patrons until in-person classes begin in February 2021. While the building is closed we will resume contactless pick-up of library materials!

Simply search our online catalog, click “request” on any item you want, sign in with your Bentley credentials, and submit the request. You will receive a confirmation email with pickup instructions. Pickup hours will be held on Wednesdays in January from the 13th-27th.

Remember, if you only need a chapter of a book or a journal article from our physical collection, we are still offering Scan on Demand. Submit a request and a digital copy will be emailed to you!

Please contact Library Services via email libraryservices@bentley.edu, live chat, or phone 781.891.2168 if you have any questions.

Winter Intensives: Online Services & Help Hours

Library services and research help will be available online during the week of Winter Intensives: January 11 – January 15, 2021. The building remains closed at this time. Hours and contact information are listed below.

Electronic collections including eBooks, streaming films, article databases, and more are available 24/7 from off-campus using your Bentley email address and password. For more information, visit our Getting Started @ the Bentley Library — Online! page.

Virtual Library Services Help Hours
Monday 1/11 – Friday 1/158:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 1/16 – Monday 1/18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday)closed

Library Services contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.


Virtual Reference & Research Help Hours
Monday 1/11 – Thursday 1/148:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 1/158:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 1/16 – Monday 1/18 (Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday)closed

Visit the Reference & Research Help page for full services and contact information.

Winter Break Closing: December 24 - January 10

Bentley University has announced an extended winter break this year. The Bentley Library will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020, through Sunday, January 10, 2021. All staffed services will be unavailable during the break. Online library services, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Scan on Demand, and research help services will resume on Monday, January 11. Please anticipate longer turnaround times for any items you request or questions you submit while we are closed.

The library’s online resources, including research databases, digital book and audiobook collections, and streaming films, will continue to be accessible to Bentley users via our website.

For the latest information on currently available library services, please see our Bentley Library Status and Services page. 

We wish everyone a restful break and a happy and healthy holiday season! 

SRDS & Claritas 360 Databases: Planned Outage Dec. 26 - Jan. 3

We have been notified by SRDS that they will begin a scheduled maintenance window on Saturday, December 26, that will cause all SRDS databases, including Claritas 360, to be unavailable for approximately one week. Service should be restored on January 4, 2021.

We encourage you to retrieve any information you may need before December 26, and apologize for the inconvenience caused by this downtime period. Service updates will continue to be posted on the SRDS database platform page.

Special Online Hours: December 18-23

Please note the changes to our online help hours for the period of time after classes end on December 17th and before winter break begins on December 24th.

Virtual Library Services Help Hours

Friday, December 188:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20Closed
Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 238:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Library Services contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

Virtual Reference & Research Help Hours

Friday, December 188:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19 & Sunday, December 20Closed
Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 239:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Reference & Research Help page for full services and contact information.

Other Services Available:

  • Contactless Pickup of physical items will be available on Wednesday, December 23rd from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Electronic collections including eBooks, Streaming Films, article databases, and more will continue to be available 24/7 from off-campus using your Bentley email address and password. For more information, visit our Getting Started @ the Bentley Library — Online! page.

Database of the Month: Salem Press

Salem Press is a collection of online reference books published by Salem Press, Grey House Publishing, and H. W. Wilson. These 150+ titles provide excellent overviews and set the stage for successful research projects.

Why use Reference Books?

Locating background information in subject specific encyclopedias and other reference resources will help you put information in context.

  • Get an overview of the subject.
  • Note key concepts/developments.
  • Identify significant authors.
  • See a chronology/timeline.
  • Develop a list of search terms.
  • Obtain primary sources.
  • Use the bibliographies to locate other information on your topic.

The Salem Press database is divided into five categories: LiteratureHistoryScienceHealth and Careers.

Researchers can keyword search the whole platform, the individual categories, or just search a specific title.  Clicking the Filter By arrow provides more control over what and where you search.

Unsure of what keywords to choose? Browse a category to a specific title and use the table of contents to help narrow a topic or find additional keywords or the names of significant authors to search.

Need a primary source for a history paper? There is a wealth of primary sources included in the titles on this platform.

Three titles of particular interest right now are:

Staff Favorites

In addition, to the titles highlighted above, our reference librarians have a few additional favorites to share:

Macee’s pick is Masterplots (2011). This fourth edition of Masterplots provides information about English-language and world literature published up to 2010. Each entry includes a synopsis of the story, a critical evaluation essay and suggested further readings.

Dominique’s pick is the “H. W. Wilson: The Reference Shelf” series which provides big picture overviews of topics of current interest such as “Rethinking Work” and “New Frontiers in Space”.

My pick is The Value of a Dollar, 1860—2019 which is a great source for not only seeing price differences of specific consumer goods but also differences in salaries and awards over time. Here are some examples of the kind of information available in this resource:

  • In 1915, a Goodrich Stag golf ball cost $0.29, which equates to $7.30 today’s dollars, and in 2019, a Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball costs $3.74. (Golf ball, 2019)
  • In 1934, Horton Smith won $1,500 at the Master’s, which equates to $28, 295 in today’s dollars, and Tiger Woods won $2,090,000 in 2019. (Golf Master championship earnings, 2019)

The Value of a Dollar as well as all the other recommended resources above help to give information context. As you incorporate these resources into your papers, remember to cite it right. Salem Press helps by including a citation for each source in MLA 8th, APA 7th, and CMOS 17th format.

If you would like more information about any of these titles, the Salem Press database or recommendations for your specific research needs, please contact a Reference Librarian.


Reference List

Golf ball. (2019). In S. Derks (Ed.), The value of a dollar, 1860—2019. Salem Press. https://online.salempress.com

Golf Master champions earnings. (2019). In S. Derks (Ed.), The value of a dollar, 1860—2019. Salem Press. https://online.salempress.com


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, 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 these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

November's Arrivals! New Books, e-Books and Audiobooks

Check out the 160+ new titles we added in November! Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse our most recent book, audiobook, DVD, and e-book arrivals. Please note that the “ALL NEW BOOKS” link will display all new e-books and print books, but that due to differences in the way that e-books are cataloged they do not appear on the individual “Subject” lists.

Use the library’s contactless pickup service to place holds on the items you want to borrow and then pick them up at the library on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Please view the contactless pickup details and instructions before visiting.

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Downloadable e-books and digital audiobooks are available via OverDrive. OverDrive is the best e-book collection to use if you are looking for popular reading, bestsellers, new releases, and classics. E-books are also available through a variety of library databases. To learn more about our different e-book collections please see read the recent Databases of the Month: eBook Collections post.

Lastly, you can find new films and documentaries to stream online for free from our four streaming films databases.

Have questions about finding or using books, audiobooks, or films? Please contact the Reference Desk.