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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.

Thanksgiving Break Hours: Tuesday, November 23 - Sunday, November 28

The library will close for Bentley University’s Thanksgiving Break at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 23. We will reopen on Sunday, November 28, at 1:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break Hours Tuesday, November 23 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tuesday, November 24 - Saturday, November 27 Closed  Sunday, November 28 1:00 p.m. to midnight


For complete information about the library hours including research help availability, please view the hours calendar.

As always, our online research databaseseBook collections and streaming films databases are accessible 24x7 with your Bentley email address and password.

Have a happy Thanksgiving and a restful break!

Fall Semester: September 7 - December 17

Library Status: Bentley Library open.

Face coverings must be worn at all times in the building per Bentley University guidelines.

Library Hours

Starting Tuesday, September 7 the Bentley Library will follow this general schedule each week while classes are in session:

Sunday Monday - Thursday Friday Saturday

10:00 am - 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. 

Reference & Research Help Hours

Sunday Monday - Wednesday Thursday - Friday Saturday
1:00 - 9:00 pm 8:30 am - 9:00 pm 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Closed

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

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.

The Bentley Library adheres 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.