Monday, February 1: Storm Closing

Due to the snowstorm that is impacting our area today we will be postponing our planned building reopening until tomorrow, Tuesday February 2nd. Currently we plan to open at 7:30am on February 2, but please check back here, our website, or social media for any weather-related updates.  You can find us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Don’t forget that even when the library’s doors are closed, our research databases, eBook collections and streaming films databases are always accessible from both on and off campus.

Stay warm and safe!

Library Opens February 2. What to Know Before You Go!

Updated February 1 at 7:00 a.m.

We are excited to re-open our doors for Spring 2021! Any member of the Bentley community who is enrolled in the University’s COVID-19 testing program is welcome to visit the library starting Monday, February 1, 2021 Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Please be prepared to show your Bentley ID and display a current COVID testing program wristband to enter.

You can view the complete library hours calendar, including our online Reference Help hours, for the entire trimester online. Hours are subject to change due to holidays, inclement weather, or unforeseen circumstances. 

Additional guidelines and information are provided below. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Bentley Library Building Opening

  • 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.  
  • Like all buildings on campus, you will need both your current Bentley ID and the appropriate wristband from the COVID testing program to enter the library through the main entrance.    
  • Building occupancy will be limited and monitored. When you enter the library, you will be given an occupancy card representing a seat or spot in the library. The cards are color coded by floor. You will need to return the card when you leave. As long as there are cards available, there will be a seat in the building. 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, but you can check current room availability online before visiting.  
  • Face coverings are required in all library spaces at all times, including in study rooms, study carrels and pods, and at study tables. 
  • Furniture is arranged to ensure proper physical distancing. Please do not move furniture. 

Borrowing Library Materials and Using Course Reserves 

  • 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.  
  • Search the Course Reserves site to see if your professor has set aside a copy of the textbook or other required materials for your class. You can also check the “Course Documents” section of your Blackboard site for any readings your professor may have put on electronic reserve.  

Online Research Help 

  • Reference librarians are available online to help you with your papers and assignments. Use live chat, email or text 781.728.0511 to get research, database, and citation help. You can also book an appointment for a research consultation via Zoom. The virtual Reference Desk hours and contact information are posted on the Research Help page.  
  • Visit our Getting Started Online guide for more details about remote resources.

Computers & Printers 

The library provides computers and printers (color and B&W) 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 

Keep an eye on your inbox for our regular monthly In the Know email, and don’t forget to follow @BentleyLibrary on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for updates, news, events, and photos.  

Are You Subscribed? Get Free Online Access to NYTimes, WSJ & FT!

Did you know that the library provides free online access to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times for current Bentley students, staff and faculty? Sign up for your subscriptions today!

Registration links, renewal information, and key features:

The New York Times

  • See The New York Times registration instructions
  • Subscription provides access to the website, the Spanish and Chinese editions of the newspaper, and NYTimes mobile apps. Not included are the Premium Crosswords, Times Insider and Crosswords app.
  • Includes access to New York Times in Education, an educator site that provides curated course-relevant content (videos, photos, infographics, and podcasts), instructional strategies designed to promote learning across disciplines, and ideas for co-curricular activities outside of the classroom.
  • All accounts expire on their one year anniversary, but can be renewed following these easy renewal instructions.

The Wall Street Journal

  • See The Wall Street Journal registration instructions
  • Subscription provides full access to the website and mobile apps.
  • accounts last for one calendar year from activation, but can be renewed following these easy renewal instructions.

Financial Times

  • See the Financial Times registration instructions
  • Subscription provides full access to the website and mobile apps.
  • Choose topics to follow and sign up for customized email alerts based on your interests by adding FT Topics and Alerts to your myFT account.

More information about these three newspaper subscriptions and additional news databases can be found on the Current News research guide. Contact the Reference Desk if you need assistance or have questions.

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.