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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.

Getting Books from Other Libraries Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Books and articles that are not available at the Bentley Library may be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). ILL is a free service for all members of the Bentley community.

  • All ILL requests should be made using the online interlibrary loan system. Log in to your ILL account using your Bentley username (email address) and network password.
  • Books requested via ILL are generally received within 5-10 days. You will be notified by email when the books have been received. ILL books are to be picked up at and returned to the Library Services Desk.
  • Articles requested via ILL are generally received within 1-7 days. You will be notified by email when the articles have been received. All articles can be downloaded in PDF format from your ILL account.

For further information, please refer to the Interlibrary Loan FAQs or contact Interlibrary Loan at or 781.891.2301.

Boston Library Consortium

Founded in 1970, the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a resource sharing consortium of 19 academic and research libraries in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. As of 2018, Bentley University Library is a full member of the Boston Library Consortium.

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).

Visit our Boston Library Consortium guide for more information:

Waltham Public Library

Bentley University students may obtain a Waltham Public Library card with a photo ID and proof of current address. The Waltham Public Library card is also valid at all other Minuteman Library Network (MLN) libraries.  For more information, please call the Waltham Public Library at 781.314.3425 or visit

Boston Public Library

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Massachusetts is eligible for a Boston Public Library card, which grants access to the libraries’ collections and spaces.

If you are unable to visit the Boston Public Library in person, you may register online for a Boston Public Library eCard (virtual library card), which provides immediate access to all of the Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including databases, digital magazines, downloadable audio, video, eBooks and music, and streaming media. You can learn more about BPL library cards at and apply for a BPL eCard online at