The library is a state-of-the-art building in the heart of the campus. It is an inviting place for research, quiet study, and collaboration. With seating for 743, 73 computer workstations, 22 technology-rich collaborative study rooms with online reservation capability, and a research instruction classroom, the Bentley Library is the hub of academic life on campus. The three-story building is also home to the Writing Center, ESOL Center, IT Client Services Help Desk, the RSM Art Gallery, and the Deloitte Café. The Bentley Library is a full member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a network of 26 academic and special libraries located across New England. Students, faculty, and researchers of BLC member libraries are provided with enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery services, as well as access to onsite resources and reference services at these libraries. The library also provides a Museum Pass program, offering passes for free or discounted admission to several Boston-area museums and attractions.
Library staff have expertise in finding, organizing, and evaluating information. Professional reference librarians assist in the use of specialized databases and collections, collaborate with professors to provide library instruction, and offer workshops on a variety of research topics and tools. The Research Instruction Classroom (RIC) is located on the ground level of the library.
The Baker Library collection includes 173,000 volumes, a print periodical collection of 480 current subscriptions, a collection of 6,500 DVDs, and a popular reading collection. The library also houses several special collections, including faculty publications, career resources, and the Bentley University archives. The library’s online resources for research and scholarship include more than 500,000 e-books and digital audiobooks, 120,000 streaming films, and more than 150 online research databases that provide full-text access to journals, newspapers, reports, analysis & statistics — all of which offer the university community 24/7 access to a wealth of information. Scholars @ Bentley is a digital archive that collects and preserves the intellectual output of Bentley faculty and students. This service of the Bentley Library provides open, worldwide access to these research materials and promotes Bentley scholarship, teaching, and learning.
The library provides access to print and electronic information through an online discovery platform and specialized web pages within the Bentley Library website (library.bentley.edu). Databases, full-text journals, streaming films, and e-books are available on all library computers and via laptops through the university’s wireless network. Most electronic resources and databases may be accessed off campus as well.
The library subscribes to databases from leading vendors and publishers in the academic, accounting, business, and IT worlds, such as EBSCO, ProQuest, CCH, Elsevier, Euromonitor, Forrester Research, Gartner Group, IEEE, JSTOR, LexisNexis, Mergent, Mintel, IBISWorld, SAGE, and S&P. Visit the library’s Databases A to Z page to find a comprehensive listing of databases and electronic resources.
Additional library information may be obtained at the Library Services and Reference desks. Regular library hours are posted, as are the hours for semester breaks, holidays, and other special circumstances on the library’s website. For more information, visit us on the web at library.bentley.edu. Email questions may be addressed to the Reference Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.