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*Back to the Bentley Library (Fall 2020)

Due to precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, services at the Bentley Library will be different this fall from past academic years. This guide provides an overview of our services and operations for the Fall 2020 trimester.


Welcome back, Falcons!

Bentley Library is reopening on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

The Bentley Library building has been closed since March 17, 2020 as we moved to provide online services only amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the summer, we have been preparing to reopen for the Fall 2020 trimester with the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty in mind.  

This Back to the Bentley Library guide will fill you in on our reopening plans for the fall including information on new services we’re offering and what’s going to be different when visiting the library in-person. 

We will be adhering to the guidance and protocols established by Bentley University, the City of Waltham, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the federal government.

In addition, we have consulted guidelines and recommendations released specifically for libraries from the following organizations:

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • OCLC
  • Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC)
  • Massachusetts Library System (MLS)
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC)

We have also been in touch with our partners in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC).

Our plans, policies, and services can change at any time as new information and guidance related to COVID-19 becomes available. We will communicate these changes with the Bentley community and these pages will be updated. 

News announcements will be posted on our library website and our In the Know blog. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to receive news alerts.  

Don’t forget: The Bentley Library is here to support you even if you are not on campus this fall or would prefer to access our resources remotely. Visit our Getting Started @ the Bentley Library – Online! guide for information on how to use the library from off-campus and services available. 

We look forward to seeing you all – whether in person or virtually -- this fall! 

Summer/Start of Fall Trimester: July - September 4

Library Status: Bentley Library building closed; Virtual help services and online resources are available.

Library staff are preparing for the start of the fall trimester. Per University guidance, the Library is scheduled to reopen on September 8, which is the expected first day of in-person hybrid classes to be held on campus.

New: Contactless Pickup of physical library materials available through September 4th.

Fall Trimester: September 8 - November 24

Library Status: Bentley Library open to Bentley students, faculty, and staff with limited occupancy and services.

Library Hours

Starting Tuesday, September 8 the Bentley Library will follow this general schedule each week while classes are in session:

Sunday Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday

12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

7:30 am - 10:00 pm

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Our most up to date hours will be posted to the Library Hours Calendar. Any changes in hours will be posted on the calendar, on the library website, and on the library's social media.