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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.

Welcome to the Bentley Library

Library by the Numbers

The Bentley Library provides the space and resources for research, quiet study, and collaboration. Library staff have the expertise to teach you how to utilize the collections, conduct research, and organize and evaluate information. The Princeton Review ranked Bentley University #16 for Best College Library in the 2016 edition of The Best 380 Colleges.

The Bentley Library is a full member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a resource sharing consortium of 19 academic and research libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Our membership grants Bentley students, faculty, and staff on-site access to most materials, services, and resources at other full member libraries. Materials can also be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

Library resources and services include:

  • Open 108 hours in a typical week; Reference Services provided 73 hours per week
  • 1 Express Self-Checkout station utilizing RFID technology
  • 180,000 print volumes
  • 435,000 eBook volumes
  • 140+ online research databases provide access to journals, newspapers, reports, analysis & statistics
  • 55,000 full-text online journals
  • 680 current periodical subscriptions
  • 6,300 DVDs
  • 105,000 streaming films from Films on Demand, KanopySwank and Academic Video Online
  • Popular reading collection of 600 books and 500 audiobooks
  • Full member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), granting Bentley students, faculty, and staff on-site access to most materials, services, and resources at other full member libraries.
  • Interlibrary Loan - request books, articles, and other materials that are not owned by the Bentley Library
  • Museum Pass Program providing free & discounted admission to several Boston-area and U.S. museums.
  • Seating for 744
  • 24 group study rooms with online reservation system
  • 219 study carrels & 14 study pods
  • 121 computer workstations
  • 3 study suites for PhD candidates
  • Wireless network throughout the building; network ports available at all seats and study carrels
  • Printers (B/W & color), scanners, photocopiers and fax machine
  • Video viewing stations
  • Day-use lockers

The Bentley Library also houses the Bentley Writing CenterESOL CenterIT Client Services Help Desk, RSM Art Gallery and Deloitte Cafe (featuring Einstein Bros. Bagels).