Services and Resources for Alumni and Visitors
- Visiting & Borrowing
- Databases & Research Help
- WiFi, Computers, Printers
- University Archives
- Public Library Resources
Visiting the Library
Open to the public, the Bentley Library welcomes all alumni and visitors who wish to use services, collections, and resources in the building as described below.
Per Bentley University's current COVID-19 guidelines, face coverings are optional but may be requested in some areas on campus. You may be asked to wear one when interacting with library staff and in certain spaces within the building, including the library's classroom and service desks. As such, community members and visitors to the library should continue to carry a mask with them at all times. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while in the library.
Bentley Alumni Borrowing Privileges
Bentley Alumni may use their Bentley University alumni ID card to borrow materials from the Bentley Library. View the borrowing privileges page for information about Bentley Library loan periods and fines. To receive your Bentley University alumni ID card, please visit the Card Office in the University Police Station, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more assistance.
Visitor borrowing privileges are extended to Boston Library Consortium (BLC) members and Waltham residents. Check the Borrowing page for details.
Access to Databases and Online Resources
Alumni and visitors are granted access to many of the library's online databases and electronic resources while on campus using a library computer. However, some resources are restricted to current faculty, students, and staff. If you are interested in using a specific database, please contact the Reference Desk at 781.891.2300 or email@example.com before visiting. Licensing agreements prevent the library from providing off-campus database access to anyone who is not a current Bentley University student, faculty, or staff member.
Computer and Network Access
Alumni and visitors are welcome to use library computers, although priority for computer use is given to current Bentley University students. Computers may not be available for guest use during peak times.
Wireless network access is available via Bentley University’s guest wireless network. Guest network login credentials may be obtained at the Library Services Desk or the Reference Desk. All guests must adhere to the Bentley University's Acceptable Use Policy when using the guest network or any other Bentley resource.
Printers, Scanners, Copiers and Fax Machine
Black-and-white and color printers are available to use for a fee. Scanners, photocopiers, and a fax machine are available to use at no cost. Scanned documents can be emailed or saved to a flash drive. For more information about printing fees and policies view the printing page.
Looking for old course descriptions, yearbooks, or student newspapers? You are welcome to view this archival material, but since some of our materials are located off-site, we ask that you call or email at least a week in advance to discuss the material you require. For all Archives inquiries, please call 718-891-2269 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Public Library Resources and Services
Public Libraries: A Non-Student's Best Friend
While the Bentley Library cannot provide every service to alumni that we do to our current faculty, staff and students, we can enthusiastically recommend taking advantage of services and resources at your local public library. In addition to physical book and media collections, public libraries provide databases and electronic resources that can be accessed online using your public library card. Many public libraries also provide meeting rooms, museum passes, technology workshops, and job search resources.
If you are a Massachusetts resident, you may obtain a borrowing card at your local public library which grants you remote access to research databases, online magazines, newspapers and journals, downloadable eBooks and audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming media. Visit the Massachusetts Libraries website if you need help locating your local library.
Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Massachusetts is eligible for a Boston Public Library card, which grants access to the libraries’ collections and spaces. If you are unable to visit the Boston Public Library in person, you may register online for a Boston Public Library eCard (virtual library card), which provides immediate access to all of the Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including databases, digital magazines, downloadable audio, video, eBooks and music, and streaming media. Visit the BPL's website to learn more about BPL library cards and to apply for a BPL eCard.