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*Bentley Library Status and Services

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 and will be updated throughout the year.

Summer Session 2: July 6 - August 20

Library Status: Bentley Library building open with limited occupancy and services. Virtual services available.

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in the building if you are not yet fully vaccinated.
  • On-campus resident students must be wearing the wristband received as part of the screening testing protocol on campus.

Library Hours

The library building will be open the following regular hours during Summer Session 2.

Sunday Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday
1:00 pm - 10:00 pm 8:00 am - 10:00 pm 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Closed

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

Virtual Reference & Research Help Hours

Sunday Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday
12:00 pm - 8:00 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.

All Hours are in Eastern Time. Hours are subject to change on holidays or for unforeseen circumstances. For up-to-date information, check the online calendar.

Other Services Available:

About the Bentley Library Reopening & Ongoing Operations

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 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.