By order of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley is closed to the public and staff through April 13.

We will be unable to respond to requests or fulfill orders until the governor’s orders are lifted.

Please see our full closure announcement here.



The Bentley Historical Library welcomes you to explore and engage with our vast collections. The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.

Hours and Location


Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (year-round)
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (now until April 25)



May 25, 2020, Memorial Day: Closed
July 3, 2020, Independence Day (observed): Closed
September 7, 2020, Labor Day: Closed
November 26 & 27, 2020, Thanksgiving Holiday: Closed
December 24, 2020, Christmas Eve: Closed at 12:00 p.m.
December 25, 2020 – January 1, 2021, Holiday Recess: Closed



Bentley Historical Library
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113



From US 23: Exit at Geddes Avenue; proceed west on Geddes Avenue. Go straight through the light at the intersection of Geddes and Huron Parkway. Geddes Avenue becomes Fuller Road at this intersection. Continue on Fuller Road. Immediately after the third light, which is at Glazier Way and the V.A. parking structure, turn right onto Beal Avenue. The Bentley Historical Library is the second building on the right, after the Gerald Ford Presidential Library.


Parking and Bus Service

The library is located on the University of Michigan’s North Campus. Free parking is available on the south side of the building, with a permit provided at the time of your visit.

U-M Bus Routes and Schedules

Complete U-M bus route information

U-M Buses
Commuter North
Commuter South
Diag-to-Diag Express
North-East Shuttle
Northwood Express

Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) Bus Routes and Schedules

Complete TheRide route information

TheRide Routes nearby
Route #3: Huron River
Route #22: Pontiac-Dhu Varren
Route #66: Carpenter-Huron Parkway (Green Road Park & Ride is a stop on this route)

Off-Site Help

The Bentley Historical Library Reference staff offers general assistance in person, by phone, and by email.

Ask An Archivist – this online form can be sent to Reference staff with your questions about our library, collections, duplication policies, or copyright information.