Reading Day Relief: Coffee Break, Buttons, Therapy Dogs & More!

The library is hosting four events on Reading Day (Tuesday, December 11) to encourage you to take some time off from studying to reboot your mind and body. Please drop in to as many as you can throughout the day!

Study Break: Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate & Snacks
refuel & recharge
11:00 a.m. – until supplies last |  library lobby
Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and snacks will be available in the lobby from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (or until supplies last). Bring your own reusable water bottle to refill at one of our three water bottle filling stations.

Winter Break Reading from OverDrive
unwind with free ebooks & audiobooks
11:00 a.m. – noon |  study room 102

OverDrive is a digital reading and listening platform providing you access to fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, award winners, classics and favorites. We are holding this drop-in session to answer all your questions about downloading books to enjoy over the winter break holiday. If you bring your laptop, Kindle, iPad, NOOK, smartphone or other device, we can help you get started!

Make Your Own Buttons
get creative, relieve some stress
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.  |  art gallery
Take a break from studying to make-your-own buttons using the library’s button makers. We’ll provide pre-made designs, magazines, and coloring books for you to use, or you can put markers to paper and create your own design. This activity is sure to get your creative juices flowing!

Therapy Dogs
relax with Kodiak and Echo
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  art gallery
Our furry friends Kodiak and Echo are returning to the library to spend some quality time with you! Studies show that interacting with animals can improve our interpersonal interactions and mood, reduce cortisol, lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce anxiety, enhance empathy, and improve learning. Come and see for yourself. Drop in to the art gallery to unwind with these two giant, lovable Bernese Mountain Dogs.

24-Hour Access for Final Exams Starts Monday, December 10

The library’s 24-hour access for final exams begins at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, December 10 (the last day of classes) and ends at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 (the last day of exams), with one small Saturday-night exception.

Monday, December 10 – Saturday, December 15:
Open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, 12/10 and remain open until
9:00 p.m. on Saturday 12/15

Sunday, December 16 – Wednesday, December 19:
Open at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday 12/16 and remain open until
6:00 p.m. on Wednesday 12/19

During finals week many of you will retreat to the Bentley Library to seek out a quiet place to study for exams and write papers, and there will be times when the building will be near capacity. We ask that you please be courteous to the people working around you, mindful of your voices, and respectful of the space. If you encounter any problems or need assistance, don’t hesitate to talk with any library staff member.

What to expect during the extended hours:

  • We are implementing Bentley ID card-swipe access during the overnight hours. Only Bentley ID card holders will be able to enter the library between midnight and 7:30 a.m. Please use the card-swipe box at the building’s front entrance.
  • The library will close at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and reopen at 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, because everyone should take a little break from studying and get a good night’s sleep!
  • Reference services will not be available during the extended late-night hours. If you need research help, please be sure to visit or contact us during our normal Reference Desk hours.

For more information about the library, café, and help desk hours please view the full hours calendar online.

Good luck with your final exams, papers, and presentations. Have a wonderful winter break!

Resource of the Month: Mosaic USA Consumer Segmentation

This month we are highlighting Mosaic® USA, a unique and valuable resource for students and researchers seeking consumer demographic and psychographic information for GB214, GB320, marketing projects, and corporate immersion projects!

About Mosaic® USAMosaic USA handbook cover

Mosaic® USA is a consumer lifestyle segmentation system developed by Experian that classifies U.S. households into 19 overarching groups and 71 unique types that share similar demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.

Mosaic® USA profiles provide information about the sociodemographics, lifestyles, behaviors, and culture of consumers within each of the 19 groups and 71 segments.

Affluence and life stage, combined with property characteristics, socio-economics, ethnicity, additional financial measures, and the type of geographic location (e.g. urban or rural) are key components of the Mosaic classifications.

Access Mosaic® USA profile descriptions
The Bentley Library has access to Mosaic® USA profiles and population and household data via our subscription to the DemographicsNow database.

Follow these steps to locate the profiles:

  1. Select the Demographics Now database from the library’s Databases A-Z list
  2. Click on the menu icon in the top right corner
  3. Click HELP
  4. Scroll down to view [Mosaic USA Details]. You will see links to the 19 Mosaic® USA group profiles and the 71 Mosaic® USA segment descriptions.
example of a Mosaic profile
example of a Mosaic® USA profile

Find Mosaic® USA population and household data for a geographic area
Generate reports in DemographicsNow to identify the Mosaic® USA composition of any geographic region (zip code, city, county, state, etc.).

Follow these steps to generate reports:

  1. Select the DemographicsNow database from the library’s Databases A-Z list
  2. Click on the [Demographics] tab at the top of the page
  3. Enter a [Geography] in the GeoFilter box
  4. Select a [Report Type]: Summary, Comparison, or Rank
  5. Use the [Report] drop-down box to select a Mosaic® USA report. Report choices will vary according to your report type selection, but include Population, Household, and Workplace Population reports.
example of a Mosaic® USA Details summary report for a state

Get Mosaic® USA help and documentation
These sources will help you understand and use Mosaic® USA. 

Click to view video tutorial

If you’d like further assistance using this resource please contact the Reference Desk.


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.

Art Gallery Exhibit: 2018 International Education Photo Contest

Now showing in the RSM Art Gallery are the 2018 International Education Photo Contest category winners and a selection of top finalists.

Cast Your Vote!

You have one more opportunity to vote for your favorite finalist (non-category winner)! Stop in to the gallery to cast your vote before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16. The Bentley Votes Winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. One lucky raffle winner will be chosen from those who voted to receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Finalists on display: Gunver Doga, Carly Elliott, Erin Iwamoto, Christopher Mancuso, Ciara Mann, Collette Martley, Dana Polihovsky, Ambar Romero, Graham Smith, Amanda Spaccarelli, and Julia Wang.

To learn more about this annual photo contest and to take a peek at the winners, visit the Office of International Education on Facebook and Instagram. The exhibit will be on view until January 9, 2019. Don’t miss these spectacular photographs!

2018 International Education Photo Contest
Winners and Selection of Finalists
November 9, 2018 – January 9, 2019

Click to view the International Education Photo Contest Album on Facebook