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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 from past academic years. This guide provides an overview of our services and operations for the Fall 2020 trimester.

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 - 12:00 am

7:30 am - 12:00 am

7:30 am - 6:00 pm

10:00 am - 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. 

Thanksgiving Break Holiday Closure: Tuesday, November 24 - Sunday, November 29

The Bentley Library will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday November 24 for Thanksgiving break. The library building will remain closed Wednesday, November 25-Sunday, November 29.

Online Reference Services will be available on Sunday, November 29 from 1:00-9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).   

Fall Trimester: November 30 - December 17

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

Virtual Library Services Help Hours

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Closed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 8:00 am - 6:00 pm Closed

Library Services contact information can be found on our Contact Us page.

Virtual Reference & Research Help Hours

Sunday Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday
1:00-9:00 pm 8:30 am - 9:00 pm 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Visit the Reference & Research Help page for full services and contact information.

Other Services Available:

  • Electronic collections including eBooks, Streaming Films, article databases, and more will continue to be available 24/7 from off-campus using your Bentley email address and password. For more information, visit our Getting Started @ the Bentley Library -- Online! page.
  • Contactless Pickup of physical items will be available on Wednesdays starting December 2nd until December 23rd from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

About the Bentley Library Reopening Plan

The Bentley Library building was closed from March 17 - September 8, 2020 as we moved to provide online services only amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the summer in 2020, we prepared 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 2020-2021 academic year 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.