Writing Center & ESOL Center Tutors are Here to Help!

Bentley University’s ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Center and Writing Center are now open and accepting appointments from all undergraduate and graduate students. Walk-ins are welcome (please check their hours before dropping in), but appointments are strongly encouraged. Use the appointment links provided below. Both centers are located on the lower level of the library.

The ESOL Center – English for Speakers of Other Languages

Looking for help with writing, presentations, pronunciation, and conversation enrichment? Visit the ESOL Center! 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 online, call 781.891.2021 to make an appointment, or drop in to see if a faculty tutor is available. The ESOL Center is located on the lower level, room 26.

Fall 2018 Hours:

  • Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Writing Center

Writing Center staff provide one-to-one assistance with writing skills at all stages of the writing process. Walk-ins are welcome, but you are strongly encouraged to make an appointment online. The Writing Center is located on the lower level, room 23.

Fall 2018 Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m – 10:00 p.m
  • Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Don’t wait to start utilizing these valuable resources!

August’s Arrivals! New Books, DVDs and Audiobooks

Check out the 250 new books, DVDs, downloadable books, and audiobooks acquired in August. Go to the New Books & DVDs page to browse the new arrivals by subject or format. When you see something you want, click the “Request” button to place a hold on it.

Interested in downloading or streaming ebooks and digital audiobooks? You can use the OverDrive app to download books to your computer or mobile device, or read/listen to books online in your browser via the library’s OverDrive site.  For help using OverDrive, view their Getting Started page or visit the Reference Desk for personal assistance.

Labor Day Weekend Holiday Hours, Sat. 9/1 – Mon. 9/3

Who’s ready for the first long weekend of the semester?! Please note the following changes to the library’s hours during the Labor Day holiday weekend. We will have reduced hours on Sunday, September 2. On Monday, September 3, the library will be closed in observance of Labor Day.

Saturday, September 1
(regular hours)
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 2
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Monday, September 3

The library will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4.  For complete information about the library, café and Help Desk hours please view the hours calendar.

Library Hours for Fall 2018

We’re sad to see summer end, but happy to see all our Falcons back on campus! Stop by, call, chat, or email us if you have any questions. The library’s regular fall semester hours are:

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Monday – Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

You can view the library, café and Help Desk hours for the entire semester in our hours calendar. Please note that our hours will change during the Labor Day holiday weekend, Fall Mini-Break, and Thanksgiving break.

Have a great semester!

Database of the Month: PRS Group – CountryData Online

Political Risk Services (PRS) provides a methodology for political risk forecasting. The Bentley University Library now subscribes to the PRS CountryData Online service. CountryData provides access to PRS Group’s historical risk data back to 1984, as well as forecasts, economic, political, geographic, and social data from Political Risk Services. PRS country data is updated monthly on the CDO database.

CDO takes advantage of the Coplin-O’Leary Country Risk Rating System for PRS forecast to provide independent political risk forecasting. Coplin-O’Leary allows users to look at risk variables such as Direct Investment Risk, Equity Restrictions, Financial Transfer Risk, Tariff Barriers, Turmoil Ratings, and 19 others.

CDO allows users to create screening reports based on standard economic indicators, such as wages, inflation, GDP, debt, capital investment and inflation, back to 1984. Data can be viewed as CSV/Excel files.

Finally, CDO provides access to PRS Group’s ICRG Risk tables. ICRG Risk is tables of data as published monthly in the International Country Risk Guide from 1984 until the present, including all sets of data extracted from monthly issues of ICRG since 1984, including Political, Economic, Financial and Composite Risk Ratings.

Connect to This Database

PRS CountryData Online is available from the Databases A to Z listing. Please note that there is a two-user limit for this database. Contact the Reference Desk if you have questions or need assistance using this resource.


Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to useful library databases, highlighting key features you should know about. If you would like more information about this resource (or any of the library’s databases), please contact us for research assistance. If you would like a demonstration of these resources for a class, please schedule a research instruction class using the instruction request form.

Art Gallery Exhibit: John Wawrzonek | “The Hidden World of the Nearby”

Now on view in the RSM Art Gallery is The Hidden World of the Nearby, an installation of large format photographs by John Wawrzonek. All are invited to attend an opening reception for the artist on Thursday, September 13, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please visit the gallery to view the show before it closes on September 30.

The Hidden World of the Nearby: Photographs by John Wawrzonek
August 20 – September 30

Artist’s Reception
Thursday, September 13
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Photograph by John Wawrzonek
Photograph by John Wawrzonek


Artist’s Statement

I started photographing as a hobby when I was 8. I was 30 and working at Bose Corporation when I got the urge to make really good large prints of nature. I bought a view camera in 1974. I did not want my pictures to give themselves away as photographs by being out of focus or failing to show fine detail. I liked finely detailed texture and color and worked for the most part by finding these qualities in nature, and only then working on making the composition.

I also began to realize that making my own prints would be important. The best printing method I found was called dye transfer which was invented in the 1930s. Besides giving me control over contrast and saturation it was capable of extraordinarily brilliant color. I used the process for 19 years until the materials were discontinued. By then Epson had started to make extraordinary digital printers with archival inks.

The subjects I reacted to most strongly were like tapestries, extending from corner to corner and often with little in the way of a center of interest. I wanted the viewer’s eye to wander so I put in only hints of a “subject” or center of interest.

After 28 years with the view camera I found it more and more difficult to find new subjects. But soon a new very good digital camera perked my interest again. I found many mums with extraordinary colors at a local nursery and began to enjoy creating the subject in a sense as well as photographing. When photographing the mums, I had made a trundle that allowed me to put several pots side-by-side with the camera shooting straight down. Shooting digital involved photographing in sections and using focus stacking to get really good detail with everything in focus. The large “mélange” required about 120 exposures.

The “musical” images are created in Photoshop from studio photographs made for me by Douglas Saglio. All but one of the images is almost entirely based on edges, so the instrument becomes in a sense transparent so I can create a foreground (the melody) and a repeating background (a continuo). There are just two instruments: a saxophone and a French horn in the images on display. What is next I am not sure, but there are many more musical instruments to work with.

My original collection of landscapes I called “The Hidden World of the Nearby” since all the images were made from ordinary roadsides (often Interstate Highways) where one would usually not think of photographing. In a sense, the flowers and musical instruments are also hidden images, only revealed after much experimenting.

Locally I have been seeing the effects of global warming. At the moment I am obsessed with a website on global warming that blends my various careers and skills to try to teach about what is happening and to warn that we are on the edge of warmth that we must find a way of stopping. The website is inanothersshoes.com. More of my work can be found on my website wawrzonek.com.

New Student Open House: Passport to the Library. Friday 8/24, 1-4pm

Welcome to Bentley, new students! The Bentley Library staff are excited to help you have a great first year, and we’re kicking things off with an open house event just for you!

All new students are invited to Passport to the Bentley Library on Friday, August 24, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This is a special opportunity to meet the library staff and learn about some of the library’s most important services and resources.

As you explore, you’ll be given some fun (and useful) giveaways. If you collect six or more stamps on your library passport, you will be entered to win Beats headphones and other great prizes!

New students learning about Interlibrary Loan at Passport 2017.
New students learning about Interlibrary Loan at Passport 2017.

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We look forward to seeing you at the library on Friday and throughout the year.