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Bentley Library Orientation: Getting to Know the Bentley Library

Get to know the Bentley Library through this general introduction to our resources & services.

Using the Library Catalog to Find Books, DVDs & More...

The library catalog is used to locate books, DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, and periodicals held at the Bentley Library. Searching the library catalog is a very simple process:

  • The library's classic catalog can be accessed online via our home page or at http://libcat.bentley.edu. Alternatively, you may search Encore, which combines the classic catalog with some (but not all) of the library's article databases. The Encore search box is located on the library's home page http://library.bentley.edu/.
  • Basic search options are title, author, subject, keyword/phrase, ISBN, periodical title, and call number.
  • Advanced search options allow you to limit by type of material (book, DVD, audiobook, etc.), location (popular video, stacks, etc.), publication date, and more.
  • All items are cataloged and classified according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Items are identified by a Call Number and a location. The call number describes the exact location of a book on the shelf. The part of the call number before the decimal point identifies the subject of the book, and the part of the call number before the date identifies the exact book. Books whose call number begins with the same letter and number combination sit near each other.
Looking at a Catalog Record

Look at the catalog record below. It gives you all the information you need to find this item in the library. Scroll down to learn more:

About this book:
  1. The Bentley Library holds a copy of the book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.
  2. The book is located in the Stacks, which means it is part of our circulating collection and may be checked out.
  3. The book can be found on the shelf using its Call Number: HB74 .P8 L479 2005.The call number describes the exact location of a book on the shelf. The part of the call number before the decimal point identifies the subject of the book, and the part of the call number before the date identifies the exact book. Books whose call number begins with the same letter and number combination sit near each other.
  4. The status is Available, which means it is currently on the shelf.
  5. The Loan Period tells you how long the book may be checked out for (4 weeks).
  6. You could click on the subject headings to search for similar books.
Other options:
  • You can request that this book be put on hold for you at the Library Services Desk. Simply click the “Request” button (which will be located at the top of your screen) and log into your library account to place the hold.
  • If Bentley's copy of this book was currently checked out (or if you couldn't find the book in the catalog at all), you could request that we borrow a copy of the book from another library. You may do this by filling out an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.