Library Status & Services: January 19-31

Happy New Year! Like all of you, the Library has been busy preparing for the start of online classes on January 19th. During the first two weeks of the trimester library staff will continue to provide services and resources online to the Bentley community. We plan to reopen the building on February 1st, barring any changes to the University’s scheduled resumption of in-person operations. We will post updated information here when we reopen.

Starting the Spring Semester Online
Library Services and Resources
January 19-31, 2021

Contactless Pickup & Returns

  • We will be offering contactless pickup on Wednesdays in January from January 13th-27th (excluding course reserves). Simply search our online catalog, click “request” on any item you want, sign in with your Bentley credentials, and submit the request. You will receive a confirmation email with pickup instructions.
  • If you have books or DVDs to return please place them in the book return drop, located at the main entrance.  The book drop is open 24×7.

Online Library Services Help

  • If you have questions about borrowing/renewing books and other library items, Course Reserves, Museum Passes, or building operations, please contact Library Services via phone 781.891.2168, email or live chat.
Library Services Help Hours: January 19 – 31
Sunday noon – 8:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand

Online Resources and Research Help 

  • The library website——is your portal to accessing online library services and resources. Your Bentley email address and password grant you remote access to most library databases and electronic resources – anytime, anywhere. 
  • Librarians have created research guides for popular topics and specific classes such as GB214 and GB320. The guides are a great help in getting started when doing research for projects and papers. Don’t wait to check them out – your first assignments will be due very soon!    
  • Contact the Reference Desk for research help via email refdesk@bentley.edulive chat, or text 781.728.0511. Research consultations via Zoom are available by appointment.
Reference & Research Help Hours: January 19 – 31
Sunday1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Reference & Research Help page for full services and contact information.

Additional details about the library’s operations can be found on the Bentley Library Status and Services page. For information about online resources please visit the Getting Started @ the Bentley Library – Online guide. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance finding materials, accessing electronic resources, or conducting research.

Bentley Library Resumes Contactless Pickup!

In an effort to support the campus de-densification efforts, Bentley Library will remain closed to patrons until classes begin in January 2021. As we finish out this semester, we will resume contactless pick-up of library materials! Simply search our online catalog, click “request” on any item you want, sign in with your Bentley credentials, and submit the request. You will receive an email when the item has been located with instructions on when and how to retrieve your material. Pickup hours will be held on Wednesdays in December from 9am-5pm.

Remember, if you only need a chapter of a book or a journal article from our physical collection, we are still offering Scan on Demand. Submit a request and a digital copy will be emailed to you!

Library Operations Update: November 30 - December 23

Important Library Operations Updates

As Bentley transitions to online learning for the remainder of the trimester, we wanted to remind you that Bentley Library services, resources, and assistance will continue to be available online to the entire Bentley community. Library staff are here to assist you with your courses and research.  

Below is a summary of the library’s planned services and resources for the period of November 30 (first day of virtual learning) until December 23 (the last day of the trimester). Please check back for updates, or visit the Library Fall 2020 operations page.

Please contact us at or 781.89.2168 if you have any questions.


Visiting the Library 

  • Like the rest of campus, the library building will be closed to patrons starting Wednesday November 25; however, staff will still be on hand doing the important work of getting library materials into the hands of the people who need them.
  • You can request items be pulled from our physical collections using the “Request” button in the online catalog. We will have them waiting for you for contactless pickup, which will be held Wednesdays (starting December 2 until December 23) from 9am-5pm.

As always, our online research databases, eBooks and streaming film collections can be accessed from anywhere at any time. 

ILL and Scan on Demand

  • Faculty, staff, and students may continue to place Interlibrary Loan and Scan on Demand requests for books, articles and book chapters. If you do not plan to visit campus after Thanksgiving break, we strongly encourage you not to place ILL requests for physical book items and instead place requests for needed chapters.  (Note: Copyright limits do apply.) 
  • Please return any ILL items you have in your possession with upcoming due dates prior to leaving for break. If you have any questions, please contact our Interlibrary Loan Department by sending an email to  

Returns and Due Dates 

  • Do you currently have library books or DVDs? Check your due dates by logging in to your library accountIf you have materials checked out but are not planning to return to campus for the Spring Trimester, we kindly ask you to return that material before leaving campus. 
  • If you are planning to return to campus for the Spring Trimester, you can return or renew your items; books will be due back January 19th.  Should you need other materials, such as DVDs, for this extended period of time, please let us know and we will adjust due dates accordingly.  

Online Resources and Research Help 

Online Library Services Help

If you have questions about borrowing/renewing books and other library items, Interlibrary Loan (ILL), Scan on Demand, Course Reserves, or Museum Passes, please contact Library Services via phone 781.891.2168, email or live chat. Library Services is available Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Stay Updated 

Visit and follow @BentleyLibrary on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for updates and current news. 

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.

Get Help Online!

Need help, Falcons? Library staff are here to help, online!

Contact Library Services

If you have questions about visiting/studying at the library, borrowing books and other items, or using course reserves, contact Library Services via email or live chat.

Contact the Reference Desk

If you need assistance with research for classes or projects, have questions about databases and online resources, or need help with citations, please contact the virtual Reference Desk via email, chat, and text (781.728.0511). Reference librarians are also available for research consultations via Zoom.

Databases and Online Resources

Whether you are near or far, the library website——is your portal to accessing online library services and resources. Even when the library’s doors are closed you can still use our digital book and audiobook collections (including OverDrive), databases, and streaming films.

For more information about navigating our online services and resources check out the Getting Started @ the Bentley Library — Online! guide. Please contact the Reference Desk if you need any help accessing or using the library ‘s online resources.

Fall 2020 Library Opening: Know Before You Go!

Welcome back, Falcons! The library will provide services and resources online during the first week of classes. Our doors will open to the Bentley community on Tuesday, September 8.  Below are important things to know about the library’s operations this fall trimester. For more detailed information, FAQs, and to check for updates, visit the Back to the Bentley Library guide.

Key Opening Dates

For detailed hours information, including virtual Reference Desk hours, view the library hours calendar.

Monday, August 31 –
Friday, September 4
Online services and resources only
Saturday, September 5 –
Monday, September 7
Labor Day holiday: All online help services closed
Tuesday, September 8Library building opens

Visiting the Bentley Library (starting Tuesday, September 8)

  • The library is operating in accordance with state and university COVID-19 public health guidelines. All library users and staff are required to wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet physical distance, and practice hand hygiene. Please perform your daily health self-check and stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • The library is instituting card swipe access this trimester. All Bentley students, faculty and staff will need to swipe a current Bentley ID at the main entrance to enter the building.
  • Building occupancy will be limited and monitored. Due to the occupancy limits, we ask that you please be courteous to others and mindful of your time in the library. Do not leave any personal belongings in the building, as you may not be able to re-enter to get them if we are at capacity.
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library. Please wipe down any shared surfaces before and after you use them.
  • Food is prohibited in the library until further notice.

Study Rooms and Spaces

  • The library’s study rooms are subject to reduced capacity and physical distancing guidelines. Many study rooms are limited to single occupancy; some of the larger rooms accommodate two people. Please check the occupancy sign posted on each room. Study rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not available.
  • Furniture has been removed and rearranged to ensure proper physical distancing. In areas where furniture has not been reconfigured (e.g. study rooms), signage will clearly indicate the allowable occupancy.
  • Face coverings are required in all library spaces at all times, including in study rooms, study carrels and pods, and at study tables.

Borrowing Library Materials and Using Course Reserves

  • The library’s stacks are open and you may browse without restrictions while maintaining proper physical distance.
  • To minimize face-to-face interactions, we request that you use the library’s self-check machine to check out your items.
  • Please return your library items in the book return drop, located at the main entrance.
  • Returned items will be quarantined for a period of 3 days before being re-shelved or checked out to anyone else. The exception to this policy is Course Reserves, which circulate in-house for short periods of time. In order to ensure that all students have timely access to Reserves materials, they will not be quarantined. We remind you to wash your hands before and after using all library materials.

Online Resources and Research Help

Whether you are near or far, the library website——is your portal to accessing online library services and resources.

  • Your Bentley email address and password grant you remote access to most library databases and electronic resources.
  • Research assistance will be provided online throughout the trimester. Reference Librarians are available to help via live chat, email (, and text (781.728.0511). You can also book an appointment for a research consultation via Zoom. Virtual Reference Desk hours and contact information are posted on the Research Help page.
  • Librarians have created research guides for popular topics and specific classes such as GB112 and GB214. The guides are a great help in getting started when doing research for projects and papers.
  • The library provides free subscriptions to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times online. Visit the Current News guide for registration details.

See more details about remote library services and resources at Getting Starting @ the Bentley Library – Online!

Computers & Printers

Computers and printers (color and B&W) are available for you to use if you need one. To install the Bentley print drivers on your laptop, visit the Falcon Printing website. You will also find information about printing funds and costs on that site.

Get Updates

Don’t forget to follow @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates, news, events, and photos.

We look forward to seeing you—whether in person or online—this trimester! If you have questions, please reach out to us. We are here to help.

Try Something New! Checkout our Cookbooks

Ready to try something new on your menu? We have got you covered with an online display of cookbooks for you to devour.

Try a new or spice up an old recipe. Pair one with a movie for date night or dinner with the family. Learn a little about other regions, countries or cultures by experiencing different cuisines. Recipes of all types are represented from the traditional to the exotic.

Download the free OverDrive app on your device to view the titles, or borrow them directly from the OverDrive Downloadable Books database and choose the OverDrive Read format to view them in a web browser.

In addition, the Library’s physical collection of cookbooks is now available with Contactless Pick-up. Did you know you can virtually browse the physical collection online?

  1. Search for a title in our library’s catalog.
  2. On the results page, click on the title to view the full record (See below).
  3. In the Items area, click on the hyperlinked Call No. to launch the virtual Browse. (See above image).

By checking out this content, we hope you are inspired to create something great.

Need help with Overdrive or with accessing our physical collection? Please contact us for assistance. We are happy to help.

Library Director's Statement on Racism and Violence

The Bentley Library supports the Black Lives Matter movement. We stand in solidarity with Black students, faculty, staff and Provost Donna Maria Blancero in condemning all acts of racial discrimination and violence against Black, Indigenous and People of Color.

We have witnessed in horror the violent, unjust and inhumane acts of racism in our communities for too long. For those of us who lived during the Civil Rights Movement, we fought and hoped that the Civil Rights Act of 1964* would end discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. We thought that this Act would put an end to police brutality and murder of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. But it has not. There is so much work to be done to create real and sustained change. 

Today, we hear the cries for justice over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless Black Americans who have died at the hands of police. In the face of a world on fire, libraries all over the country have responded by providing a safe and welcoming space for civic discourse. The Bentley Library is dedicated to broadening the understanding of racial injustice through the acquisition and access of racial justice resources. We promise to invite the expression of BIPOC voices into the library through collaborative programs and discussions. 

The Bentley Library stands with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Boston Library Consortium Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Community of Practice, to support and develop programming that create inclusive and diverse library workplaces and initiatives. The Bentley Library will continue to work in close collaboration with Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center, the Task Force on Racial Justice, Bentley student groups, and others to support the Black Lives Matter movement on our campus.

We are here and we are listening. Let’s continue the conversation.

Hope Houston
Bentley Library Director

*The Supreme Court ruled on June 15, 2020 that the LGBTQ community is a protected group under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.