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.

Spring Break Hours: Sat. March 7 - Sun. March 15

Who’s ready for Spring Break? (That’s easy to answer – we all are!) Although classes won’t be in session, the library will remain open during the week with some modifications to our normal hours.

If you are staying in the area you can visit for a quiet place to relax, to borrow books and movies, or to pick up a museum pass (there are still plenty of passes available – reserve them online now). We also have some special bonus passes available for the Peabody Essex Museum – one pass grants two people FREE admission. You don’t need to reserve these special passes, but our supplies are limited. Stop at the Library Services Desk to pick one up before they disappear!

Spring Break Hours

Saturday 3/7 and Sunday 3/8:
CLOSED

Monday 3/9 – Friday 3/13:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday 3/14:
CLOSED

Sunday 3/15:
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Please note that the Deloitte Cafe (Einstein’s) is closed throughout Spring Break. For more information about library, café or help desk hours, please view the online hours calendar.

Have fun and be safe, Falcons!

Hours Change for MLK Day Holiday: Sun. 1/19 and Mon. 1/20

Please take note of the following changes to the library’s hours on Sunday, January 19th and Monday, January 20th in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday:

Sunday, January 19
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(closing early)

Monday, January 20
CLOSED
(Martin Luther King Jr. holiday – no classes)

Photograph of Leaders at the Head of the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 8/28/1963
Source: The U.S. National Archives https://catalog.archives.gov/id/542002

For more information about library, café or help desk hours, please view the online hours calendar.