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Online/Distance Learners Library Guide: Borrow Books

Information for students who are enrolled in online courses

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My Library Account

Every Bentley student, faculty and staff member has access to My Library Account. To log-in to your library account use your Bentley University username (Bentley email address) and network password.

My Library Account features:

  • View a list of your checked-out items, due dates and pending hold requests.
  • Renew checked-out materials.
  • Place holds on books using the "Request" feature. 
  • Save your favorite searches (e.g., for an author or subject) for future use.
  • Create lists of books you would like to read using the "My Lists" feature.

Questions about "My Library Account" should be directed to Library Services at 781.891.2168 or libraryservices@bentley.edu.

Check out a library book (For Distance Education Students)

For Distance Education students who cannot physically visit the library to check out books:

Search the library catalog for the book you want and make a note of the following information (if available) so the correct book is chosen: author, title, publication place & date, edition, ISBN

Click on the Interlibrary Loan link on the library’s website and select book. Fill out the form with the book title, etc. 

In the field marked, *What is this for? put “Distance Education Student” and your mailing address. Books must be returned via FedEx to the following address:  Bentley Library Services Department. Bentley University 175 Forest St. Waltham, MA 02452

  • Loan Period - 6 weeks, which includes 1 week for shipping and 1 week for return shipment. One 4 week renewal may be allowed if there are no holds on the book.
  • Turnaround Time - We ship via FedEx, and expect most shipments to arrive in 2-3 business days. A tracking number will be provided to you in your shipment confirmation email.
  • What the Service Does Not Include - Materials in fragile condition, Popular Reading, Reference Books, Course Reserves, Audiobooks, Faculty and Popular DVDs cannot be sent to Online Learners.
  • Fees - This is a free service. Bentley pays for the return shipping.
  • Returning Bentley Library Books - A FedEx label will be included with your book. Please use this label when you ship the book back to Bentley. If you lose the label, please contact us at libraryservices@bentley.edu or 781.891.2168.

If you would like to return by other means (at your own expense), please ship to:

Bentley Library/Library Services Dept.
Bentley University
175 Forest St.
Waltham, MA 02452

  • Fines and Bills - While fines are not charged on overdue books, a replacement cost is. If a book is not returned within two weeks of the due date, a bill will be assessed at cost of replacement, plus a nonrefundable processing fee of $25.