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).
We regret that we cannot welcome everyone in person, but at this time only current Bentley students, faculty and staff are allowed in the library. We remain closed to alumni, community users, and visitors until further notice.
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Welcome to the Bentley Library!
Here are some quick links to help regarding transportation and logistics of visiting Bentley University's campus:
You do not need a special card to enter the library, however:
If you plan on borrowing materials, please make sure to obtain a BLC Consortium Card from your home library before visiting Bentley. Please also make sure to bring your university ID.
Continue reading this page to learn more about borrowing privileges, services, and resources at the Bentley Library.
Loan periods and fines for materials may vary. Consult the chart below for details on items available to borrow on site with a BLC Consortium card.
|Collection||Loan Period||Overdue Fines|
|Bowles Collection||28 days|
|Faculty Video Collection||7 days||$4.00 / day|
|Faculty Publications||7 days|
|Oversized Books||28 days|
|Periodicals||Library Use Only|
|Popular Reading||28 days|
|Popular DVDs||7 days||$1.00 / day|
|Reference Collection||Library Use Only|
|Reserve Items||Library Use Only|
|Stacks Books||28 days|
Courtesy notices are sent via email 3 days before due date. If you do not receive a courtesy notice, please contact Library Services to confirm your current email address. Lost items will be assessed a minimum $60 replacement fee plus a nonrefundable processing fee of $25.00. Fines can be paid at the Library Services Desk with cash or check only.
Visitors are granted access to most of the library's online databases and electronic resources while on campus using a library computer. However, some resources are restricted to current faculty, students, and staff. If you are interested in using a specific database, please contact the Reference Desk at 781.891.2300 or firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting to verify that visitors are permitted on-site access to that resource.
Licensing agreements prevent the library from providing off-campus database access to users who are not currently Bentley University students, faculty or staff.
Visitors are welcome to use library computers, although priority for computer use is given to current Bentley University students. Computers may not be available for guest use during peak times.
Wireless network access is available via Bentley University’s guest wireless network - Bentley-Guest. Guest network login credentials may be obtained at the Library Services Desk or the Reference Desk.
All guests must adhere to the Bentley University's Acceptable Use Policy when using the guest network or any other Bentley resource.
Black-and-white and color printers are available for use in the library:
Scanners, photocopiers and a fax machine are available to use at no cost. Scanned documents can be emailed or saved to a flash drive.
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