Storm Closing: Tuesday, March 13

Due to the inclement weather, Bentley University and the Bentley Library will be closed Tuesday, March 13.  Weather permitting, the library will reopen on Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 a.m.

For official updates about the status of the university, check the Bentley University website or call the Bentley University Storm Emergency line at 781.891.2020. We also encourage you to follow the library’s updates on Twitter 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.

Art Gallery Exhibit - Leading & Learning: A Century of Women at Bentley

archival photo of women in the classroom
Now on display in the RSM Gallery is “Leading & Learning: A Century of Women at Bentley.” This exhibit, curated by the Bentley University Archives, explores over one hundred years of women’s achievements at our institution. It is on view in the library from 3/14/2018 – 4/22/2018.

Please also join us for an exhibit reception on Wednesday, March 21st from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Enjoy snacks and refreshments, make a commemorative button, and discuss women’s history at Bentley.  No RSVP needed, drop in as you are able.

About the Exhibit

In 1918, women were first offered admission to Bentley as a response to the large number of college-aged men drafted to fight in WWI. After the war ended Bentley again became a single-sex institution, although many women were still working diligently in Bentley’s administration. Prompted by another war, admission of women resumed in 1942. Since then, women have been learning, working and teaching at Bentley and have made an immeasurable impact on our campus.

This exhibit presents a chronological narrative of some of the activities and achievements of women over the course of Bentley’s history. As you view the exhibit either in person or online, we encourage you to think critically about the context in which these events occurred. What opportunities did women of various backgrounds have in our country over the last century? How was this the same or different at Bentley?

We hope this exhibit will be the beginning of a campus-wide conversation about historical narratives and recorded memory. Traditionally, the accomplishments and opinions of women and members of other underrepresented groups have often gone unrecorded. It is partly because of this fact that any exhibit discussing women at Bentley cannot be all-encompassing. We have done our best to provide a broad overview of women’s progress at Bentley, but we acknowledge many archival silences as well.

To help us create a richer picture of Bentley history – and to ensure that records from our current time are similarly robust – please consider donating photographs, documents, and items of memorabilia to the Bentley Archives. Tell us about your unique experiences in the Bentley community, and suggest ideas for other groups whose histories you would like to explore further.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions please email Jaimie Fritz, University Archivist, at

To view the online version of this exhibit and additional multimedia content, please visit

Introducing Free Access to The Wall Street Journal Online,

Here’s the news you’ve all been waiting for…

Introducing Free Online Access to!

WSJ online


We are excited to announce that current Bentley University students, faculty, and staff now have full online access to the Wall Street Journal website and WSJ mobile apps. The library’s new subscription to supplements our existing database coverage of The Wall Street Journal and The Wall Street Journal Historical Collection. 

New Users Activate Your Account:

  1. While connected to the Bentley network (on-campus) visit the website.  An activation banner will appear at the top of the page, as shown below. If you don’t see the banner, go directly to Bentley’s account activation page. You must be on-campus to create your account, but once it has been activated you can access from any location.
  2. Complete the Create Account form. You must register with your Bentley University email address. You will see a confirmation screen if you have registered successfully. A confirmation email will also be sent to you.

Wall Street Journal activation screen

Returning Users:

Once you have activated your account, login to  from any location.

Mobile Apps:

Visit to download your free WSJ apps.

More Information & Help:

More information about creating an account and accessing the library’s subscription is available at

If you have additional questions please contact the Reference Desk.  Stop by, call 781.891.2300, or email

New on the Shelf: Books, DVDs & Audiobooks Acquired in February

Check out the new books, DVDs, and audiobooks that hit the shelves last month. 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.

“The Year We Thought About Love” – Film Screening and Q&A

The Bentley Library, Equity Center, Residential Center, Multicultural Center, and Student Programs & Engagement are excited to present a screening of the documentary film The Year We Thought About Love on Monday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilder Pavilion. The screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of the LGBTQ youth theater group, True Colors.

The Year We Thought About Love documents the journey of an amazing group of young people from Boston as they develop, write, and perform a unique play based on their own experiences. The camera follows them in and out of rehearsals, homes, and classrooms to capture their exploration of love in all its forms: romantic, familial, and religious. The lives of several troupe members are highlighted to bring to the forefront the challenges and joys of LGBTQ adolescents. More about the film and its subjects can be found at their website.

The Year We Thought About Love
film screening and Q&A with filmmaker Ellen Brodsky and members of True Colors, Boston-based LGBTQ youth theater group and oldest queer youth theater troupe in the U.S.
Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m. in Wilder Pavilion

Spring Break Hours: Saturday 3/3 – Sunday 3/11

After last week’s taste of summer weather, who isn’t ready for spring break?! Although students don’t have classes, the library will remain open during the break with some modifications to our normal hours. Stop in 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 for next week – reserve them online now).

Saturday 3/3 and Sunday 3/4:

Monday 3/5 – Thursday 3/8:
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday 3/9:
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday 3/10:

Sunday 3/11:
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.

Celebrate Fair Use Week!

From February 26 to March 2, the Library will celebrate Fair Use Week. Fair Use is an important legal doctrine within U.S. copyright law that underpins many of the activities we engage in every day. It allows the right to use a copyrighted work under certain conditions without permission of the copyright owner. The doctrine helps prevent a rigid application of copyright law that would stifle the very creativity the law is designed to foster. It allows for the unlicensed (that is, without permission or payment of royalty) use of a copyrighted work where the balance of several factors weighs in favor of such use. Four of these factors are specifically enumerated in the statute. Application of fair use requires a factual analysis of these four factors as applied to the facts of the proposed use.

Did you know?

Without fair use, you wouldn’t be able to:

  • Search web browsers or databases. These valuable research tools rely on fair use to index information, making it easier to find what you need.
  • Read that assigned book chapter on Blackboard. Fair use makes it possible to read digitized course material from the comfort of your bed.
  • Enjoy and create memes. Internet memes are a form of parody, which is protected by fair use.
  • DVR the Pat’s game because you have work to do. Yes, fair use makes it possible to record live programming to watch later.

Learn more about how fair use impacts almost everything you do, whether it’s for research or for leisure.

Visit Bentley Library’s Research Guide on Fair Use for resources to help you to understand and apply fair use.


On Display: Women’s History & Leadership

March is Women’s History Month and we are celebrating with a lobby display, guest curated by Bentley’s Center for Women and Business! Visit the library from 2/21/18– 4/2/18 to browse items in person, or see the list of display titles online. Many of these books, as well as additional women’s history and leadership titles, are available as eBooks and audiobooks via the library’s OverDrive digital collection.

This display encompasses many aspects of women’s history and empowering women’s advancement. Titles have been divided into two sections to help you browse and choose new books more easily.

  • Looking Back: Learn about inspiring, historical women and the ways that they have led and changed the world. Find out about the history of women’s suffrage, early female entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Looking Ahead: Get inspired to be a future leader by picking up titles that discuss current women’s issues and strategies for women at work. Titles in this section address the wage gap, leadership,  female mentorship, the state of women in politics, and more.

Check back on the display often – we will update the title list as new acquisitions arrive and checked-out titles return to the library. If a title you want to read is checked out, remember to place a hold! If you’d like more reading suggestions for Women’s History Month, please contact the Bentley Library. If you’re looking for resources on women’s leadership, please visit the Center for Women and Business website.