Passes to The Institute of Contemporary Art Now Available at the Library!

After fielding a number of requests, we are thrilled to announce that we have added The Institute of Contemporary Art: Boston to the museum pass program! After incorporating in 1936, the museum spent decades moving from spot to spot around Boston before opening its flagship location in Boston’s Seaport District in 2006. The 62,000 square foot space now houses a permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century art with works by Paul Chan, Marlene Dumas, Mona Hatoum, Christian Jankowski, and Cornelia Parker.  The mission of the museum is “to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process.”

We are able to offer one pass per day that will admit 2 people at a cost of $5.00 each. Reservations can be made up to a month in advance on the library’s Museum Pass page.

Please note that passes are for the exhibit halls only and are not valid for entry to performances or special events.

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Remembering Toni Morrison


The Bentley Library is pleased to join the Multicultural Center, the Valente Center for Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English and Media Studies in celebrating the life and work of Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.

To commemorate her contribution to literature, the library will display a collection of her best known works in the main lobby.

In addition, there will be two events on campus next week:

Monday, October 28th, at 3:30pm in the Back Bay rooms:

Faculty, staff, and students will read passages from Toni Morrison’s work, followed by an open discussion.

Tuesday, October 29th, at 7pm in Wilder:

Professor Ken Stuckey, Department of English and Media Studies, will introduce a screening of the 2019 feature documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am .

All are welcome to attend.

Banned & Challenged Books Week Shines the Light on Censorship

September 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week!
Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark. Keep the Light On.

Earlier this month a Catholic school in Nashville, Tennessee banned J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels because of fears that the books’ magical spells “risk conjuring evil spirits into the presence of the person reading the text.” Surprised? You shouldn’t be. In “Harry Potter and 20 Years of Controversy“, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom describes the history of challenges against the beloved series since the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, was published in the United States in 1999.

This isn’t an isolated incident. In 2018, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials. The graphic below reveals the Top 11 most frequently challenged books of 2018, and you can download the complete list of all titles challenged last year from the OIF’s website.

Please join us in celebrating free and open access to information during Banned Books Week. Visit our lobby to browse a pop-up display of banned and challenged books. While you’re here grab a button to show your support for the freedom to read.

For more information about banned and challenged books, visit the ALA’s Frequently Challenged Books webpage to view the top 10 challenged books by year, banned and challenged classics, Banned Books Q&A, and more. Don’t forget to follow #BannedBooksWeek on Twitter and Instagram to stay abreast of the latest news.

ESOL Center and Writing Center Open This Summer

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are now accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in summer session classes.

Tutors at both centers are offering in-person and online sessions! Use the links below to see details and book your appointments.

The ESOL Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 26

Monday and Wednesday
3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? Come to the ESOL Center! Bentley University students whose home language is not English are invited to take advantage of the free tutorial services offered by Bentley’s ESOL Center. Schedule your ESOL appointment online.

The Writing Center
Bentley Library, lower level, room 23

Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills at all stages of the writing process. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Schedule your Writing Center appointment online.