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—library.bentley.edu—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 (refdesk@bentley.edu), 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.

Online Help Hours Update: Monday, August 10-Sunday, August 30

The library’s online help services will be closed nights and weekends during the period after summer session classes end and before fall classes begin – Monday, August 10 through Sunday, August 30. 

Library Services is available online:

Monday – Thursday:8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:CLOSED

Reference and Reference help is available online:

Monday – Thursday:8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday:8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday:CLOSED

Don’t forget that when the library is closed you can still use our digital book and audiobook collections (including OverDrive), databases, and streaming films. Contact us if you need any help accessing the library from off campus.

Stay tuned for announcements about our Fall 2020 re-opening plans and hours!

4th of July Holiday: Online Help Hours Change

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, the following special virtual service hours will be in effect Thursday, July 2 – Sunday, July 5. We will resume normal summer hours in all departments on Monday, July 6.

Online Help Hours

Thurs. 7/2Fri. 7/3Sat. 7/4Sun. 7/5
Library Servicesclosedclosedclosedclosed
Reference8:30am-7:00pmclosedclosed2:00-7:00pm

As always, our online research databaseseBook collections and streaming films databases are accessible 24×7 with your Bentley email address and password.

Happy 4th of July!

Online Help: Summer Hours [updated May 14]

You can find detailed information on how to access the library’s services and resources online—including special services for faculty—on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page.

Hours Updated May 14, 2020

Now that the spring semester has ended we are making some changes to our online help hours for the summer. These hours go into effect Monday, May 11, but are subject to change. Please continue to follow our updates here!

You can find detailed information on how to access library services and resources online—including special services for faculty—on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page.

Reference Desk

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.

Reference Desk hours:
Sunday:2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday-Thursday:8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. [updated]
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday:closed
Reference Desk contact:
Email:refdesk@bentley.edu
 Text:781.728.0511
 Live Chat:Chat with a Reference Librarian

Research Consultations: Research Help by Appointment

Research consultations are scheduled one-on-one meetings with a reference librarian. You can also schedule these consultations for a small group. Consultations usually last 30 minutes and take place during Reference Librarian hours as listed above.  All consultations will be held using Zoom. Please schedule a Research Consultation using our online form. 48 hours advanced notice required.


Library Services Desk

For all other library questions, including questions about your library account, please contact the Library Services Desk:

Library Services Desk hours:
Sunday2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday – Thursday8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. [updated]
Saturdayclosed
Library Services contact:
Emaillibraryservices@bentley.edu
Live ChatChat with Library Services

Library Building Closed, Online Services & Resources Are Open!

Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, the Bentley Library is closed until further notice.

Library staff will continue to support online teaching and research to Bentley students, faculty, and staff. Below is a brief summary of how the Library will continue to deliver library services and resources remotely.

You can find detailed information on how to access these services and resources online—including special services for faculty—on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page. This page will be updated as needed.

The following resources and services will be available:

  • Electronic resources including databases, ebooks, and streaming films
  • Research help via email, text and live chat
  • Research consultations via Zoom
  • Interlibrary Loan for articles and book chapters. Please note that due to COVID-19 service disruptions at libraries across the country we cannot guarantee that ILL requests will be fulfilled. 
  • Due to the exceptional circumstances we face, we are temporarily instituting Student Scan on Demand. We will try our best to ensure that students have access to portions of books or articles in our physical collections for classwork and research by making digital copies.

Due dates and late fees:

  • Overdue fines will be suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials. 
  • Due dates for all items will be extended to the end of the semester.

The following services will be unavailable:

  • Borrowing of physical materials including books, DVDs, and ILL requested items
  • Museum passes 
  • All library and RSM Art Gallery events have been canceled

We also encourage you to check our website and this blog for updates, and to follow @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

The safety and well-being of the Bentley community and our staff remain our highest priorities and we thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation during this time.

Official university updates and communications related to COVID-19 are available at https://www.bentley.edu/coronavirus.

Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services [updated 3/17/20]

Information about off-campus access to library services and resources, including databases, e-resources, research help, and Interlibrary Loan, can be found on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page. This page will be updated as needed.


March 17, 2020

Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, the Bentley Library is closed until further notice.

Library staff will continue to support online teaching and research to Bentley students, faculty, and staff. Below is a brief summary of how the Library will continue to deliver library services and resources remotely. You can find detailed information on how to access these services and resources online—including special services for faculty—on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page. This page will be updated as needed.

The following resources and services will be available:

  • Electronic resources including databases, ebooks, and streaming films
  • Research help via email, text and live chat
  • Research consultations via Zoom
  • Interlibrary Loan for articles and book chapters. Please note that due to COVID-19 service disruptions at libraries across the country we cannot guarantee that ILL requests will be fulfilled. 
  • Due to the exceptional circumstances we face, we are temporarily instituting Student Scan on Demand. We will try our best to ensure that students have access to portions of books or articles in our physical collections for classwork and research by making digital copies.

Due dates and late fees:

  • Overdue fines will be suspended for all items, including interlibrary loan materials. 
  • Due dates for all items will be extended to the end of the semester.

The following services will be unavailable:

  • Borrowing of physical materials including books, DVDs, and ILL requested items
  • Museum passes 
  • All library and RSM Art Gallery events have been canceled

Official university updates and communications related to COVID-19 are available at https://www.bentley.edu/coronavirus.


March 13, 2020:

Library staff are making plans for providing services, resources, research assistance, and instruction when online classes begin on March 23. Currently, the library plans to be open next week as listed below, but this schedule may change at any time in accordance with university policies. Official university updates and communications related to COVID-19 are available at https://www.bentley.edu/coronavirus.

Library Hours March 15-21, 2020

Sunday, March 15:
1:00–9:00 p.m.

Monday, March 16–Friday, March 20:
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21
closed

Please continue to visit the library’s website for library news updates and check the library’s hours calendar online before visiting.

The safety and well-being of the Bentley community and our staff remain our highest priorities and we thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation during this time. Please contact Library Services at libraryservices@bentley.edu or 781-891-2168 if you have questions or need assistance.

Special Library Hours: Sunday, March 15 - Saturday, March 21

Bentley University has announced that classes will not be held March 16–20 as the university and students prepare to move to remote, online classes beginning Monday, March 23.

The Bentley Library will be open Sunday, March 15–Saturday, March 21 to accommodate faculty, staff and students who need access to our physical collections and resources.

Currently, the library plans to be open as listed below, but this schedule may change at any time in accordance with university policies. Please visit https://www.bentley.edu/coronavirus for university updates and communications related to COVID-19. 

Library Hours March 15-21, 2020

Sunday, March 15
1:00–9:00 p.m.

Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21
closed

Library staff are making plans for providing services, resources, research assistance and instruction when online classes begin on March 23. We will continue to update the community as information becomes available. Please visit the library’s website for library news updates and check the library’s hours calendar online before visiting.

Bentley users can connect to databases and e-resources from any location with internet access. Information about off-campus access to library services and resources can be found on the Bentley Library Coronavirus Updates & Remote Services page.

The safety and well-being of the Bentley community and our staff remain our highest priorities and we thank you in advance for your flexibility and cooperation during this time. Please contact Library Services at libraryservices@bentley.edu or 781-891-2168 if you have questions or need assistance.