Frighteningly Good Reads

The Bentley Library staff created an online display that is full of chills and thrills. Including both downloadable audiobooks & ebooks, this selection helps you celebrate all things spooky.

In addition to the above collection, plenty of spooky content is available through our streaming film collections, Kanopy and Swank.  If you are interested in learning about horror as a medium, why not start with the master and stream a Talk from Hitchcock himself available through Films on Demand.

Other horror tales and ghost stories are available on our shelves, including the classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and newer authors, Stephen King, Octavia Butler, or Joe Hill. Don’t have time to commit to a whole novel? Why not check out a collection of short stories such as American Fantastic Tales or Flight or Fright!

Do you have a favorite pick you would like to recommend to fellow Bentley Horror Fans? Just drop us a line through Instagram or Twitter.

Happy Haunting.

Unwind with Free Ebooks & Audiobooks

Come to an OverDrive Virtual Drop-In. Bring your own beverage, snack and device to the session, we will bring the content.

Planning to cozy up with some reading over the weekend? Register here and then virtually drop in at 3:00 p.m. any Saturday starting October 10 until November 21 to learn how to get free downloadable audiobooks and ebooks from OverDrive. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meetings (any that you would like to attend).

The Bentley Library’s OverDrive Collection provides thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, with an emphasis on popular fiction and nonfiction titles. You can enjoy many titles immediately online, download them for offline use, or send borrowed content to a specific device. Titles in this collection may be downloaded to laptops, PCs, iPads, Android devices, Kindles, Nooks, smartphones, and mp3 players through a web browser or through the OverDrive or Libby apps.

Don’t know what to listen or read next? We can provide a recommendation, tailored to your specific reading tastes, when you identify a few titles, authors, narrators, or genres that you enjoy.

If you think we are missing something, please suggest a purchase by sending an e-mail to refdesk@bentley.edu. Recommendations are always welcome.

Can’t want to wait to get started? Visit our OverDrive Library Guide for more information.

September's Arrivals: New Books, Audiobooks & DVDs

Check out the new titles we added to the library’s collection in September! To view the lists visit the New Books & DVDs page. 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.

Interested in borrowing a book, DVD or audiobook? If you are enrolled in Bentley’s COVID-19 screening program you are welcome to visit the library. Either stop by to browse, or place a hold request in the catalog and we’ll notify you when the items are ready to be picked up. You can then come in, retrieve your items from the “open holds cart” in the lobby, and check them out to yourself using the self-check. For those of you who are unable to come into the building, we have e-books, digital audiobooks, and streaming films for you to enjoy.

To learn more about our different e-book collections please see our recent Databases of the Month: eBook Collections post. Downloadable e-books and digital audiobooks are available via the OverDrive collection. For help using the OverDrive apps (either the original app or the new Libby app) please view their Getting Started page.

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.

August Acquisitions: New Books, Audiobooks & DVDs

We’re happy to welcome Bentley students, faculty, and staff back into the library to browse the stacks and borrow items (using the self-checkout machine, of course!). For those of you not on campus or unable to come into the building, we have e-books, digital audiobooks, and streaming films for you to enjoy.

A good place to begin browsing are the new acquisitions lists for August. To view the lists visit the New Books & DVDs page. 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.

To learn more about our different e-book collections please see our recent Databases of the Month: eBook Collections post. Downloadable e-books and digital audiobooks are available via the OverDrive collection. For help using the OverDrive apps (either the original app or the new Libby app) please view their Getting Started page.

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.

Databases of the Month: eBook Collections

This August we want to highlight our eBook collections as our Database of the Month to let you know about some of the resources that we have available that you can access anywhere. Our eBook collections contain a wide variety of materials including academic/scholarly titles, popular fiction and nonfiction books, and technical guides.

Bentley students, faculty, and staff just need their Bentley email address and password to begin accessing the resources in these collections both on and off campus.

While some of our eBooks can be found by doing a search in the Bentley Library Catalog, searching directly on the platforms will be your best opportunity to discover all that these databases have to offer.

Here are some of our most popular eBook collections:

OverDrive

Screenshot of OverDrive homepage.

OverDrive contains thousands of popular fiction and nonfiction audiobooks and eBooks. The titles in this collection include bestsellers and award winners. Check out the books using your Bentley email address and password for up to 21 days. You can read or listen on your computer or take the books with you on the go by downloading the Libby or OverDrive apps to your mobile device. Visit our OverDrive guide for more information.

Ebook Central (ProQuest)

ProQuest Ebook Central homepage screenshot including main search box.

Ebook Central from ProQuest contains academic and scholarly titles in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Books in this collection can be read directly in your browser — no checkout necessary! Some books in this collection allow unlimited access or may only allow 1-3 users to read a title at a time.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Screengrab of eBook Collection Highlights browsing menu with recent collection additions.

Books from EBSCO’s eBook Collection are read in your browser. Search the collection for books in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Each book will let you know how many users can access a book at the same time (1, 3, or unlimited users).

Books 24×7 (Skillport)

Screenshot of the Books24x7/Skillport homepage.

If you’re looking for books related to business and IT, check out our Books 24×7 collection, a part of the Skillport platform. Topics covered include management, finance, wellness, and productivity. Software guides are also available in this collection for applications such as SAS and SPSS. In addition to books, the Skillport platform also provides educational videos. Books can be read directly on the Skillport platform.

Safari Books Online: Tech Books

Screenshot of the homepage of the O'Reilly platform, host of the Safari Tech Books.

Part of the O’Reilly platform, Safari Books are a valuable resource for anyone interested in technology and business. Find guides for various software and applications on this platform.

View the full list of databases that contain eBooks for more information.


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.

New Books, DVDs & Audiobooks - Place a Hold, Pickup on Friday!

The new acquisitions lists for July are now available for you to browse our most recent book, audiobook, DVD, and e-book arrivals. Visit the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new items by subject or format. Use the library’s new contactless pickup service to place holds on the items you want to borrow and then pick them up at the library on Friday from noon-4:00 p.m. Please view the contactless pickup details and instructions before visiting.

Downloadable ebooks and digital audiobooks are available via our OverDrive collection, and you now have a choice of OverDrive apps to use – the original OverDrive app and/or the new Libby app. For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or contact the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

New e-Books and Audiobooks Acquired in June

Another month has passed without access to our physical stacks, but we are continuing to add new content to our digital collections for you to enjoy! The new acquisitions lists for June are now available for you to browse and borrow our most recent e-book and digital audiobook arrivals. You’ll find a mix of academic books and popular reading titles, offered on a variety of platforms including eBook Central (ProQuest) and OverDrive.

Go to the New Books & DVDs page and use the “ALL NEW BOOKS” link to see the new e-book acquisitions. To view new audiobooks, use the “AUDIOBOOKS” link. Please note that due to differences in the way that e-books are currently cataloged, the “Subject” lists are not active and will not display our most recent digital acquisitions.

Bentley Library Top 10 Most Popular Books, DVDs & Audiobooks of 2019/20

It’s time for the 11th annual Bentley Library Top 10! 

At the end of every academic year we tabulate the library’s most popular books, audiobooks, DVDs, and OverDrive downloadable ebooks and audiobooks based on the number of times they have been borrowed (excluding items placed on reserve for a class). These are our very own “Bentley Bestsellers” lists!

This year, the results for physical materials (books, DVDs, and CD audiobooks) are based on circulation data ending on March 17, the last the day the library was open before the COVID-19 shutdown. We hope that our doors will be open again soon, but in the meantime please explore the OverDrive e-book and audiobook options we offer!

This is your chance to see what Bentley students, faculty and staff have been reading, watching, and listening to. We hope you enjoy this annual tradition as much as we do, and that the lists help you find new books to explore.

Browse the BENTLEY LIBRARY TOP 10 lists for academic year 2019-2020 in the categories of Popular Reading, Stacks (regular book collection), Audiobooks (compact disc), Popular DVDs, OverDrive Downloaded eBooks and OverDrive Downloaded Audiobooks.

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Popular Reading Collection

1. BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

2. THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett [check availability]

3. (tie) CHANCES ARE… by Richard Russo [check availability]

3. (tie) EDUCATED: A MEMOIR by Tara Westover [check availability]

3. (tie) INVESTED: HOW WARREN BUFFETT AND CHARLIE MUNGER TAUGHT ME TO MASTER MY MIND, MY EMOTIONS, AND MY MONEY (WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY DAD) by Danielle Town [check availability]

3. (tie) OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout [check availability]

3. (tie) THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King [check availability]

3. (tie) THE OUTSIDER by Stephen King [check availability]

9. (tie) BLOWOUT: CORRUPTED DEMOCRACY, ROGUE STATE RUSSIA, AND THE RICHEST, MOST DESTRUCTIVE INDUSTRY ON EARTH by Rachel Maddow [check availability]

9. (tie) CATCH AND KILL: LIES, SPIES, AND A CONSPIRACY TO PROTECT PREDATORS by Ronan Farrow [check availability]

9. (tie) CITY OF GIRLS by Elizabeth Gilbert [check availability]

9. (tie) DISAPPEARING EARTH by Julia Phillips [check availability]

9. (tie) GOOD RIDDANCE by Elinor Lipman [check availability]

9. (tie) LOONSHOTS: HOW TO NURTURE THE CRAZY IDEAS THAT WIN WARS, CURE DISEASES, AND TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES by Safi Bahcall [check availability]

9. (tie) ME by Elton John [check availability]

9. (tie) ON EARTH WE’RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS by Ocean Vuong [check availability]

9. (tie) OUTFOX by Sandra Brown [check availability]

9. (tie) SUCH A FUN AGE by Kiley Reid [check availability]

9. (tie) THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS by Bill Bryson [check availability]

9. (tie) THE CEO NEXT DOOR: THE 4 BEHAVIORS THAT TRANSFORM ORDINARY PEOPLE INTO WORLD-CLASS LEADERS by Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell, with Tahl Raz [check availability]

9. (tie) THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Books from the Stacks

1. GETTING TO YES: NEGOTIATING AGREEMENT WITHOUT GIVING IN by Roger Fisher and William Ury [check availability]

2.  (tie) HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE by Dale Carneige [check availability]

2. (tie) THE INTELLIGENT INVESTOR by Benjamin Graham [check availability]

4. THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE by Stephen R. Covey [check availability]

5. (tie) LIAR’S POKER: RISING THROUGH THE WRECKAGE ON WALL STREET by Michael Lewis [check availability]

5. (tie) THE TIPPING POINT: HOW LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]

5. (tie) THINKING, FAST AND SLOW by Daniel Kahneman [check availability]

8. (tie) A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny [check availability]

8. (tie) BAD BLOOD: SECRETS AND LIES IN A SILICON VALLEY STARTUP by John Carreyrou [check availability]

8. (tie) CITIZEN: AN AMERICAN LYRIC by Claudia Rankine [check availability]

8. (tie) RICH DAD, POOR DAD by Robert Kiyosaki [check availability]

8. (tie) THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK: A COUNTERINTUITIVE APPROACH TO LIVING A GOOD LIFE by Mark Manson [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated Audiobooks [Compact Disc]

1. (tie) A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny [check availability]

1. (tie) A MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT by David Baldacci [check availability]

1. (tie) BLUE MOON by Lee Child [check availability]

1. (tie) COURT OF LIES by Gerry Spence [check availability]

1. (tie) THE GIRL WHO LIVED TWICE by David Lagercrantz [check availability]

6. (tie) AMBUSH by James Patterson and James O. Born [check availability]

6. (tie) BECOMING by Michelle Obama [check availability]

6. (tie) DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly [check availability]

6. (tie) LADY IN THE LAKE by Laura Lippman [check availability]

6. (tie) OUTFOX by Sandra Brown [check availability]

6. (tie) THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS by Bill Bryson [check availability]

6. (tie) THE CORNWALLS ARE GONE by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois [check availability]

6. (tie) THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett [check availability]

 

Top 10 Most Circulated DVDs from the Popular DVD Collection

1. YESTERDAY [check availability]

2. ROCKETMAN [check availability]

3. (tie) BOOKSMART [check availability]

3. (tie) THE FAREWELL [check availability]

5. (tie) AMAZING GRACE [check availability]

5. (tie) US [check availability]

5. (tie) ONCE UPON A TIME…IN HOLLYWOOD [check availability]

5. (tie) THE GODFATHER, PART 2 [check availability]

9. (tie) JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM [check availability]

9. (tie) THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO [check availability]

 

Top 10 Downloaded eBooks [OverDrive]

1. TALKING TO STRANGERS: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]

2. (tie) THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes [check availability]

2. (tie) OLIVE, AGAIN by Elizabeth Strout [check availability]

4. (tie) THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham [check availability]

4. (tie) THE INSTITUTE by Stephen King [check availability]

6. (tie) THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett [check availability]

6. (tie) THE NIGHT FIRE by Michael Connelly [check availability]

6. (tie) THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood [check availability]

9. (tie) THE BOY FROM THE WOODS by Harlan Coben [check availability]

9. (tie) ROYAL HOLIDAY by Jasmine Guillory [check availability]

 

Top 10 Downloaded Audiobooks [OverDrive]

1. TALKING TO STRANGERS: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW by Malcolm Gladwell [check availability]

2. THE DUTCH HOUSE by Ann Patchett [check availability]

3. THE GIVER OF STARS by Jojo Moyes [check availability]

4. (tie) RED AT THE BONE by Jacqueline Woodson [check availability]

4. (tie) THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood [check availability]

6. A BETTER MAN by Louise Penny [check availability]

7. (tie) AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins [check availability]

7. (tie) THE BODY: A GUIDE FOR OCCUPANTS by Bill Bryson [check availability]

7. (tie) THE GUARDIANS by John Grisham [check availability]

7. (tie) THE INFINITE GAME by Simon Sinek [check availability]

7. (tie) THE MAN WHO SOLVED THE MARKET: HOW JIM SIMONS LAUNCHED THE QUANT REVOLUTION by Gregory Zuckerman [check availability]

7. (tie) THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY by Alix E. Harrow [check availability]

 

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