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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.

Extended Hours through Final Exams: May 1 - 13

Extended study hours for final exams will begin on Sunday, May 1. The library will be open evenings until 2:00 a.m. (excluding Friday & Saturday) and will open at 6:30 a.m. on weekday mornings for all those early birds out there!

Extended Study Hours - Spring 2022

Sunday, May 1:
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Monday, May 2 - Thursday, May 5: 
6:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Friday, May 6:
6:30 a.m. to midnight

Saturday, May 7: 
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Sunday, May 8:
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Monday, May 9 - Wednesday, May 11: 
6:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 

Thursday, May 12:
6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

Friday, May 13:
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

For complete information about the library hours—including research help availability—please view the full hours calendar online

Good luck with your final exams, papers, and presentations and have a great summer break!

Summer Hours: May 12 - 30

When final exams end on May 12th so will the library's regular semester schedule! Please note the following changes to our hours for the remainder of the month of May, including the week of May undergraduate intensive classes and the Memorial Day holiday.

Thursday, May 12 - Sunday, May 15

end of spring semester exams period

Thursday, May 12
last day of final exams
6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 14 & Sunday, May 15

Monday, May 16 - Sunday, May 22

includes undergraduate May intensives

Monday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

Monday, May 23 - Friday, May 27

Monday - Tuesday
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday - Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Weekend: Saturday, May 28 - Monday, May 30

library closed 

Regular summer session hours will begin on Tuesday, May 31. To view the library's full summer schedule, including research help hours, please view the online hours calendar

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.