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.

Online Tutoring from the ESOL Center & Writing Center

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are online for the summer! Both centers are now accepting appointments from all students enrolled in summer session classes. Use the links below to see details and book your online tutoring appointments.

The ESOL Center

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? 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.

Summer 2020 Hours:
Monday: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

The Writing Center

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills at all stages of the writing process. Schedule your Writing Center appointment online.

Summer 2020 Hours:
Monday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Thursday: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

New Faculty Publications

Did you know the Library collects and provides access to publications authored by Bentley Faculty? Scholars @ Bentley is our newest initiative for digital publications, but the Bentley Library’s Faculty Publication book collection has been around for years.

This spring we join the Valente Center in celebrating Bentley faculty who have published books during the past academic year! The following publications have been added to the Library’s Faculty Publications collection:

Available as an ebook through EBSCO eBook Collection:

Available as a digital audiobook through Overdrive:

  • How Language Began by Daniel Everett, also available in print in our collection, is now translated into many languages, including English, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese & Ukranian.

Available as an e-book through Amazon:

Print additions to the library’s physical collection:

The Faculty Publications Collection highlights the most current 10 years of books authored by Bentley Faculty. The physical collection is located in a special area next to the Reference Desk, making them more visible and available to the Bentley community.

Although we cannot currently access our book collection, each title is discoverable through our catalog and through The library also purchases some titles in e-book format. Search our catalog for the phrase “Bentley faculty publication” to view the list of online titles.

We congratulate our Faculty for all your hard work. We also encourage adding and promoting your research through Scholars @ Bentley

For Faculty with New Publications!

If you would like to include a citation for your book in Bentley’s institutional repository, Scholars @ Bentley, please email with a full citation and a link to where the book may be purchased (publisher website, Amazon, etc). If you have not yet submitted work to Scholars @ Bentley, you will need to fill out a one-time Contributor Agreement Form which you can submit online.

End of Semester News & Reminders

As we wrap up this unprecedented semester and prepare for finals, we wanted to share some library news and reminders with you before summer break.

Due dates and returns

Currently, the Bentley Library building remains closed. All due dates for borrowed materials have been extended until at least August 31. Login to your library account to check the status of your items. If you are near campus and would like to return your library materials you may deposit them in the book return at the main entrance. Please contact if you have questions.

Online access to research databases, e-books, streaming films and more

Your Bentley email address and password will continue to grant you remote access to most library databases and electronic resources – anytime, anywhere.

Looking to relax with some summer reading? You can download popular and bestselling books and audiobooks from OverDrive. Our collection usually has a shorter wait time than public libraries, and Bentley Library users now have access to OverDrive’s new “Libby” app. Take a look at OverDrive’s Getting Started resources for information and help.

Stay well-informed in these rapidly changing times with your personal online subscriptions to the Financial Times, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. If you have questions about registering or renewing your accounts (NYT and WSJ subscriptions expire annually on their anniversary), please contact the Reference Desk.

Research assistance

If you need help with research for classes or projects over the summer, you can contact the Reference Desk via email, chat, and text. Librarians are also available for research consultations via Zoom.

Customized library research guides provide guided help with course projects, common topics, and popular subjects. Lastly, don’t forget to check our FAQs database.

Follow our news, tweets, photos, stories and posts

Follow us to keep up with what’s happening this summer and learn about any changes to expect when we’re back in the fall. Updates regarding hours and operations will be shared in this blog, on our website, on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates and Remote Resources page, and via our social media channels. We’re @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and have a great summer break!

Museums Offer an Escape While We #StayHome.

It has now been five weeks since we have been told to “stay home” and we are sure you are all going just a bit stir crazy these days. Under normal circumstances, we would be looking to our cultural institutions to help us get out of our doldrums and explore without having to leave Massachusetts. We are lucky enough at Bentley Library to be able to offer access to world-class institutions throughout the state and being stuck at home has not changed that! Here is a look at what museums are doing to stay connected and stay vibrant in a virtual world:

Zoo New England has created #ZooToYou! You can tune in everyday at 1:30pm EST to Facebook live where they are presenting videos, activities, and more. You can also virtually “meet” the animals to learn more about their natural habitats and conservation efforts!

The Museum of Science has similarly created #MOSatHome where they have daily “Ask a Scientist” live stream events as well as “Science in Action” where they conduct live experiments. You can register for the free events ahead of time so you can add them to your calendar and receive a reminder of when they are about to start.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum now has “The Gardner at Home” where they are blogging about their collections and offering virtual tours of their world famous courtyard and greenhouses. You can even watch or download music that has been performed in their newly renovated concert hall.

The Museum of Fine Arts has made a number of their collections available through “Google Arts & Culture” and made virtual tours of recent exhibits available on their site.  They have also started “Art for this Moment” where curators “share objects from across our collections that carry personal significance and global resonance.”

In addition to their award winning podcast, PEMcast, Peabody Essex Museum has pulled together all sorts of digital content. You’ll be able to read stories, listen to artist’s, and explore collections all from the safety of your living room.

If you are just craving some time spent outside, our newest partner, The Trustees of Reservations, have got you covered! There you will find wildlife cameras, activities to help you identify bird calls, a live sunset stream from The Fruitlands Museum, and even a virtual fire pit at 6:45pm EST every Friday!

Grand Teton National Park

Lastly, our National Parks are one of our greatest resources and they provide many opportunities to #FindYourVirtualPark! The National Park Foundation has virtual tours, activities for kids, live webcams, and incredible photography.

Even though it is easy to feel stuck right now, we hope these ideas inspire you to stay connected while we all #StayHome.

Top 10 Most Utilized Library Research Guides

The library building may be closed but Research Guides are open for business. Our 87 research guides were viewed 9,541 times in the last 30 days.

Most popular 10 guides by views:

Views Guide Name
2336 Citing Online Business Resources using APA Style
1214 Expository Writing Research Guide
736 Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services
546 Online Micro-Volunteering & Crowdsourced Projects
452 Pro/Con, Position Papers or Debates
352 GB214 Team Project Library Research Guide
335 Current News
286 Copyright Information & Guidelines
182 Film & Television Research
172 PS388: Abnormal Psychology (Nash)

There are guides for specific topics (American Political Elections), programs (GB112), and courses (HI200: Researching a Person). Some guides support specific assignments (Pro/Con, Position Papers or Debates) and some provide excellent information about special collections, such as Archives and Scholars @ Bentley. We’ve also built a guide to support our patrons’ need for remote access.  

Search by keyword or browse the complete list. Need more support for your project than the guide provides? Just open the chat box to get connected with a reference librarian for more personalized assistance.

Don’t forget, you can Ask a Librarian for help!

Faculty please take note! The library team will be happy to collaborate with you to create a guide or point you to an existing one that will meet your needs. Please reach out to your Library Liaison for assistance.

Faculty: Share Your Work with Scholars @ Bentley

At a time when most academic work is moving online, it is important to ensure that quality research and resources are digitally available to the global scholarly community. To that end, the Bentley Library would like to remind faculty members that Scholars @ Bentley, the university’s institutional repository, is available to those who wish to share their work in an open-access, searchable database.

Items uploaded to Scholars @ Bentley become part of the Digital Commons research network, with persistent links and usage statistics available for each discrete work. Nearly 3.5 million items from over 500 institutions have been added to Digital Commons, creating a robust network of scholarship that is available to all.

Here are just a few examples of work that can be uploaded to Scholars @ Bentley:

  • Journal articles (Note: Many paywalled articles are eligible for posting in an open-access database if authors submit their manuscript version. Doing so has the potential to greatly increase the reach of your work and provide helpful resources for the growing online learning community.)
  • Presentations, lectures, or conference proceedings
  • Open educational resources such as lesson plans, workbooks, problem sets, digital models, etc.
  • Blog posts, academic essays or other unpublished work that you wish to share digitally
  • Datasets, A/V materials, and other research components in a variety of formats

Please email for more information about submitting your work. Library staff are available to assist you with each step of the process including copyright permission checks, ensuring that you are quickly & easily able to share your research online.