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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 Bentley Library is a full member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a resource sharing consortium of 26 academic and special libraries located across New England. 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 99 hours in a typical week; Reference Services provided 62 hours per week
  • 2 Express Self-Checkout stations
  • 159,000 print volumes
  • more than 600,000 ebooks & digital audiobooks
  • 170 online research databases provide full-text access to journals, newspapers, reports, analysis & statistics
  • 119,000+ full-text online newspapers & journals
  • 480 current periodical subscriptions
  • 6,500 DVDs
  • 132,000+ streaming films from Films on DemandKanopySwank and Academic Video Online
  • Popular reading collection of 750 books and 460 audiobooks (compact disc)
  • Interlibrary Loan - request books, articles, and other materials that are not owned by the Bentley Library
  • Museum Pass Program providing free and discounted admission to many local museums and more than 100 other popular attractions and historic sites 
  • Seating for 741
  • 21 group study rooms with online reservation system
  • 219 study carrels & 32 study pods
  • 73 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
  • Phone charging cabinet

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