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.

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Special Library Hours: Saturday, August 10 - Sunday, August 25

The library will be closed nights and weekends during the two week period after summer session classes end and before fall classes begin – Saturday, August 10 through Sunday, August 25. 

Monday – Thursday:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday:

We will resume regular hours with the start of fall semester classes on Monday, August 26. 

Don’t forget that when the library is closed you can still use our digital book and audiobook collections (including OverDrive), databases, and streaming films. Contact us if you need any help accessing the library from off campus.

For more information about library, café, and Help Desk hours please view the hours calendar.

Now Showing in the RSM Art Gallery: Underline Series by Elisa H. Hamilton

Now on view in the library’s RSM Art Gallery is a series of continuous-line, blind-contour drawings by Elisa H. Hamilton. All are invited to attend a closing reception for the artist on Wednesday, September 25, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars for this special event!

To learn more about Elisa H. Hamilton please read the artist’s statement below, visit the website, and follow @elisahhamilton #UnderlineSeries on Instagram.

Elisa H. Hamilton
Underline: within, and beneath, the wandering lines 
August 6 – September 27, 2019

Closing reception: 
Wednesday, September 25
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Artist’s Statement

This body of work explores my biracial identity through the introspective creation of continuous-line, blind-contour self-portraits; a drawing process that asks me to engage fully with my own visual form, and translate that form into line while not looking at what I am creating or lifting my mark from the page.

As a biracial person how I am seen shifts in the eye of the beholder and depends on social context.  Through these explorations I contemplate my own visual form while relinquishing the ability to control how I look. I embrace a process of discovery that asks me to truly see myself, and asks the viewer to find me within, and beneath, the wandering lines.

These drawings began in black and white, but gradually shifted towards multicolored expressions of self.  Through this process I have discovered that none of us are just one thing- we are all multicolored beings beneath the surface.

Elisa H. Hamilton
socially engaged multimedia artist – she/her/hers
@ElisaHHamilton Instagram & Twitter

Database of the Month: Mediamark Reporter - Consumer Survey Data

Mediamark University Internet Reporter (“Mediamark Reporter”) presents demographic, lifestyle, product, brand, and media data from GfK MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer, a national survey of over 25,000 consumers. Through personal in-home interviews, the Survey collects demographic data (age, income, educational level, etc.), media usage information (including print, television, online and social media), and details about the products and services that they buy and use.

Why use Mediamark Reporter?

Use Mediamark Reporter to identify a target market and profile consumers. Data is reported for more than 6,500 products and services in 600 categories, making this database an important resource for students working on GB214, GB320, marketing, and corporate immersion projects.

For example, you can use Mediamark Reporter to find the demographic characteristics of people who:

  • drink bottled water more than 8 times a week
  • subscribe to Netflix
  • spent more than $250 on sports equipment in the past year
  • pay bills using their mobile device
  • watch NBA games on TV on a regular basis
  • have used a dating app in the last 30 days
  • have purchased Converse sneakers in the past year
  • “always” vote in national, state and local elections

Beyond basics: Report types and custom targets

Utilize Mediamark Reporter’s options to create custom reports:

  • The default report is “standard” report, which shows data from one survey period. Select “trend” report to view three years of data side-by-side.
  • Combine targets to customize brand or usage data.
    • For example, when viewing the Bottled Water reports you may decide you’d like to combine data for multiple brands. Select the brands you are interested in (e.g. Smartwater and Fiji), then choose either Any of These Items (to OR your selections) or All of These Items (to AND your selections) to create a custom target.
  • Create custom demographic targets under the “Reporter Options” settings.
    • For example, you can create a custom Household Income (HHI) category by combining the HHI $50,000-59,000 category with the HHI $60,000-74,999 category to create a new user-defined category of HHI $50,000-74,999.

You can find more information about these customization options in the help documentation listed below.

Register for a Mediamark account

To use Mediamark Reporter you must create an account using your Bentley email address. Mediamark accounts automatically expire two times per calendar year — on June 30 and December 31. Users will need to re-register after January 1 and July 1 each year for access to the Mediamark database.

Account registration instructions are available at

Help guides, search tips, and more

Mediamark’s interface and navigation are unlike other databases, and the reports are a bit tricky to read without help. The most important thing to have in front of you while using Mediamark is the the 1-page How to Read a Mediamark Report, which describes how to interpret Mediamark data. The 15-page Mediamark Tutorial explains how to customize your reports.

You can find additional Mediamark Reporter search tips, help guides and tutorials on the Consumer and Market Research Guide. Visit or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance using Mediamark Reporter.

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.

Library Hours: Friday, June 28 - Sunday, July 7

Want to pick up some beach reading and movies for the long holiday weekend?
Working on an assignment and need research help?
Planning to use the library as a work or study space?

Please check our hours for the upcoming week before you visit!

Friday, June 28
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 29 Sunday, June 30

Monday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 3
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 4 – Saturday, July 6
Happy Independence Day!

We will resume regular summer session hours at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7th.

Don’t forget that when our doors are closed our digital book collections, databases, and streaming films are still available.

For more information about our summer schedule, please view the hours calendar.

Bentley Archives Exhibit: The Bentley Student Experience

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Bentley Student Experience, an exhibit of archival photographs and documents showcasing 100 years of student life at Bentley University.

The Bentley Student Experience
from the Bentley University Archives
June 24 – August 2, 2019

Students cheer on Bentley in the stands at a school sporting event.

Student Affairs at Bentley evolved as they did at colleges and universities across the country, though perhaps a bit more slowly as a result of Bentley’s status as an urban, “street-car school” that offered the basics to students. Once Bentley relocated to its spacious Waltham campus, the student experience steadily began to resemble that of a traditional residential college.

The Bentley Student Experience exhibit is not limited to student life narrowly defined as activities and clubs; but is intended to showcase all aspects of what has contributed to being a student at Bentley for the past century – in the classroom, in the residence halls, commuting by streetcar or on Route 128, playing a sport, serving the community, meeting someone with a drastically different background, and more.

Also available for online viewing is a companion online exhibit and a selection of videos from the Bentley archives dating back to the 1950s.