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.

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.

Library Operations Update: November 30 - December 23

Important Library Operations Updates

As Bentley transitions to online learning for the remainder of the trimester, we wanted to remind you that Bentley Library services, resources, and assistance will continue to be available online to the entire Bentley community. Library staff are here to assist you with your courses and research.  

Below is a summary of the library’s planned services and resources for the period of November 30 (first day of virtual learning) until December 23 (the last day of the trimester). Please check back for updates, or visit the Library Fall 2020 operations page.

Please contact us at library@bentley.edu or 781.89.2168 if you have any questions.

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Visiting the Library 

  • Like the rest of campus, the library building will be closed to patrons starting Wednesday November 25; however, staff will still be on hand doing the important work of getting library materials into the hands of the people who need them.
  • You can request items be pulled from our physical collections using the “Request” button in the online catalog. We will have them waiting for you for contactless pickup, which will be held Wednesdays (starting December 2 until December 23) from 9am-5pm.

As always, our online research databases, eBooks and streaming film collections can be accessed from anywhere at any time. 

ILL and Scan on Demand

  • Faculty, staff, and students may continue to place Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand requests for books, articles and book chapters. If you do not plan to visit campus after Thanksgiving break, we strongly encourage you not to place ILL requests for physical book items and instead place requests for needed chapters.  (Note: Copyright limits do apply.) 
  • Please return any ILL items you have in your possession with upcoming due dates prior to leaving for break. If you have any questions, please contact our Interlibrary Loan Department by sending an email to interlibloan@bentley.edu.  

Returns and Due Dates 

  • Do you currently have library books or DVDs? Check your due dates by logging in to your library accountIf you have materials checked out but are not planning to return to campus for the Spring Trimester, we kindly ask you to return that material before leaving campus. 
  • If you are planning to return to campus for the Spring Trimester, you can return or renew your items; books will be due back January 19th.  Should you need other materials, such as DVDs, for this extended period of time, please let us know and we will adjust due dates accordingly.  

Online Resources and Research Help 

Online Library Services Help

If you have questions about borrowing/renewing books and other library items, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Scan on Demand, Course Reserves, or Museum Passes, please contact Library Services via phone 781.891.2168, email or live chat. Library Services is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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