Update: Internet & Databases Will Be Available In Library On Saturday, July 11


The Bentley Help Desk has notified the campus of a planned campus-wide network outage for Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 6:00am – noon, due to new network equipment being installed in the Lindsay Data Center.  During this time, the library’s catalog and databases will be unavailable to all users (on and off-campus).

  • During this time the internet and online library databases will be available in the library only (ask at the Reference Desk for assistance with accessing the databases).
  • The library catalog will not be available from either on- or off-campus.
  • Off-campus users will not have access to the library databases.

Please contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or need further assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Your Very Own Cone of Silence: Library Introduces Cell Phone Booths

If you’ve stepped into the Reading Room or visited the top floor of the library you’ve probably noticed our new cell phone booths. After all, how could you miss those towering shiny black cylinders?  In order to satisfy student requests for a quieter library environment, while at the same time accepting the reality that cell phone conversations are going to happen, we’ve installed six cell phone booths on the main and upper levels of the library.  Just step inside, slide the door shut, and chat away.  The booths are not completely sound-proof, but if you speak in a normal tone of voice you will enjoy privacy and those around you will enjoy a much quieter library.

Bentley Librarians say…Chat With Us!

The Bentley Library is making it easier to ask us questions! Simply look for the “Chat With Us” box on our web pages (currently on our databases pages and our research help page).   Check for the message indicating that the Reference Desk is online, then enter your message.  You will automatically be connected with us – no need to create a user name or have an existing IM account of any kind.  How easy is that?

Did you catch us while we are “offline”?  No worries, if it is during normal hours you may reach us in person, email or phone.  Our research help page has all of those details!

Fourth of July Holiday Hours: July 2 – July 5

Fourth of July holiday hours run Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, July 5, 2009.  The library and cafe hours are:

Thursday, July 2:
Library is open 10:00am to 6:00pm
Cafe is closed

Friday, July 3 – Sunday, July 5:
Library & Cafe are closed

Regular summer session hours will resume on Monday, July 6, 2009. For more information about our hours please view our online calendarHave a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Now Showing at the Art Gallery: Leslie Miller

Leslie Miller | Reflections II | May 6 – July 21, 2009

Please stop by to view our new exhibit, featuring paper cuts by artist Leslie Miller, whose work is in many collections and has been included in various paper cut exhibits, including an invitational show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of American Folk Art (NYC), and the Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA). Located on the main floor of the Bentley Library, the Caturano & Company Art Gallery is free and open to the public. Check the online calendar for information about the Library’s hours.

Playaway Digital Audiobooks Now Available

Playaways are now available at the Bentley Library!
What is a Playaway? Half the size of a deck of cards and weighing in at two ounces, Playaway is the simplest way to listen to a book on the go!  Each Playaway comes with the digital audiobook already pre-loaded on it and an AAA battery to make it play. Simply plug in your headphones and enjoy. The universal headphone jack also works with most speakers and car adapters.

The Playaway collection currently includes bestselling fiction and non-fiction titles, such as The Road, Devil’s Garden, The Zookeeper’s Wife, and Water for ElephantsClick here to see a full list of our Playaways in the library catalog.  Playaways are currently located in the “New Books” area, along the wall near the Deloitte Café.