The reference staff of the Bentley Historical Library has a subject knowledge in the histories of the state of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The staff is also familiar with the variety of archival access sources of the Bentley Historical Library, including its finding aids and those bibliographic databases in which Bentley collections are described.
The reference staff offers one to two hour orientation sessions for classes making use of the Bentley Historical Library. These orientations review concepts in archival research as well as procedures for making use of the Bentley Historical Library's collections. They also include a consideration of the library's holdings vis-a-vis a particular class' subject interests. Faculty are encouraged to contact the reference staff to arrange for such a meeting. Group orientations are often the most effective start to class use of the holdings.