The Bentley Historical Library is open by appointment to the public. Please see our full announcement here.

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Bentley Access Updates

The Bentley Historical Library is open to the public by appointment.

NOTE: we have updated our appointment process. Please review our Requesting Material, Appointments, or Duplication page:

To keep our visitors and staff safe, and to comply with state law and university regulations, the Bentley has instituted the following procedures.

Before Your Visit

  • We are open by appointment only. Use your Bentley research account to request material, which now includes the option to select an appointment time at the end of the request form. You can request appointments for multiple days in one week, though we may ask you to limit requests if there is high demand. Please request an appointment at least 3 days in advance of your desired date.
    • Please note: We cannot guarantee same-day accommodation for researchers intending to visit together. Each researcher must register for their own Bentley research account, then request material and an appointment.
  • Please request up to six boxes or five books that you will use per visit. We will not retrieve additional materials on-demand as we have in the past. A Bentley staff member will confirm your appointment time with you.
  • We will not have face-to-face archivist consultation in the Reading Room. If you need research assistance, please schedule a video consultation or email our Reference staff prior to your library appointment.

 While You’re Here

  • Please bring a photo ID and your completed ResponsiBlue screening check to show check-in staff through our outer doors when you arrive (we will not keep your ID as we have in the past). We will open the door for you; our outer doors will remain locked for safety.
  • There is free parking at the Bentley if you have a parking permit. We will issue a permit to you when you arrive.
  • All visitors and staff must wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status.
  • We will limit the number of researchers in the reading room. All researchers will be seated at their own table, which will be at least 6 feet from all other tables.
  • Please bring your own laptop/tablet, pencils, pens, materials to take notes, etc.
  • You can hang jackets in our coatroom and store small personal items not allowed in the reading room (bags, food or drink, etc.) in our lockers.
  • We request that you wash your hands before beginning research. Hand sanitizer is also available.