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Library News, Reminders & Tips for a Successful Fall Semester!

Welcome Back Falcons! We hope you are having a good first week of classes! As you settle back into the routine of studying and schoolwork here are some important library updates, reminders, and tips to help you have a successful fall semester.

New Library Search & Website Launched this Summer

We had a busy summer here at the library, launching a new Library Search tool and a new website in the month of June. In case you missed those announcements, here is a recap of the big news: 

  • New Library Search: Bentley Library has launched its new, cloud-based integrated library system (ILS) from ExLibris. The new Library Search provides a better user experience for finding print and electronic resources, including full-text articles, in one convenient search box. We encourage you to visit our Getting to Know the New Library Search page to learn more about the features and how to take advantage of the new search experience.    
  • New Library Website: The new Bentley Library website positions the new Library Search platform front and center for quick access to books, articles, and streaming media. The website’s redesigned interface and navigation make it easier to find and use our most frequented pages and resources.

Library Hours

The Bentley Library is open Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 am, Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. during a typical week when classes are in session, with extended hours during finals. Hours may change during holidays and for unforeseen circumstances. Check the library hours calendar or the daily hours display on the library homepage before you visit. 

Group Study Rooms – Important Reminders

  • The Bentley Library provides 22 group study rooms to be used for collaborative coursework and studying. Students can make one room reservation per day for up to 2 hours, up to two weeks in advance.  
  • Group study rooms can only be reserved for groups, meaning 2 or more people. An individual can use an empty room, but they cannot reserve a room. Groups will take priority and can ask an individual to leave a room.
  • Group Study Room reservations can be made using the EMS website, the group study room mobile app, or on-the-fly using the touch panels outside each room. Directions on how to reserve a room and how to download the app can be found on our Reserving a Room Online page.  
  • You must check-in to your reservation within 15 minutes of the start otherwise your reservation will be canceled. You can check in on the app, on the EMS website, or at the panel outside the room.

Using Course Reserves  

  • Course Reserves are select books, book chapters, articles, DVDs, and other resources that your professors have put aside either on physical reserve in the library or electronic reserve in your course Blackboard site. Please note that although the library does not automatically have course textbooks, it is possible that your professor has placed a textbook on reserve for your class.  It’s always worth checking the library first before you purchase any required books. Here’s how to find course reserves:
    • Use the Library Search to search by course name, course code, or instructor to see what items your professor has put on reserve for your class and are available to check out.
    • Online, electronic course reserves can be found in the “Course Documents” section of the course Blackboard site for your class.  

Online Resources & Free Online Newspaper Subscriptions 

The library’s website,, is your starting point for accessing resources and conducting research.

  • Use the Bentley Library Search to discover books, ebooks, articles, streaming films, journals, and so much more. Log in to your library account before searching for the best results and ease of access to online resources.
  • The library subscribes to more than 150 databases that provide access to articles, specialized business information, statistics, and more. A full list of databases can be found on the Databases A-Z page.
  • The library also offers special online subscriptions to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Financial Times for current students. Accounts last for one calendar year – if you created an account last year and it stops working it may be time to renew! Registration and renewal information for each platform is available on our Current News page.

Research Help

  • Reference librarians are here to help you with your research! We can help you locate information inside and outside Bentley Library, select the best databases to use for your topic, develop a search strategy, construct searches, and cite sources. You can reach us by visiting the reference desk on the main floor of the library, phone (781.891.2300), email (, text (781.728.0511), or use the live chat feature on the library website. Research consultation appointments for individuals or small groups are also available.  Visit the Research Help page to see our current reference desk hours.
  • Research Guides are curated lists of resources created by Bentley University Librarians to help you identify the best sources for your research. Research guides are developed around a specific class (including GB214 and GB320), subject area, or special topic. See if there’s a research guide on your topic or if one of your classes has a research guide available by visiting the Research Guides homepage for the full list. 

Computers, Printers, & Scanners 

  • The library provides computers and printers (color and B&W) for you to use if you need one.
  • Don’t forget to connect your laptop to the Falcon Printing network! We recommended checking your laptop now to see if it is configured to print to Falcon Print and Falcon Color Print so that you won’t run into printing issues when you’re in a rush. Information about installing the Bentley print drivers on your laptop is available on the Falcon Printing website. You will also find information about printing funds and costs on that site.  If you need additional help, please contact the IT Help Desk.

More Information & Updates 

Keep an eye on your inbox for our regular In the Know email, and don’t forget to follow @BentleyLibrary on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates, news, events, and photos.  

We look forward to seeing you in the library this semester!