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.

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Bentley Historical Library Closed to Public

By order of Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Bentley Historical Library is closed to the public and staff must stay at home through April 13.

Because of the governor’s orders, we will be unable to process duplication orders until we return to work.

We will continue to receive research requests and duplication orders through our normal online process here, however, we will be unable to respond to these requests until the governor’s orders are lifted.

For research or other questions, please email

Please also note, the University of Michigan has shifted all classes to off-campus instruction.

Following President’s Schlissel’s announcement, classes that would have been held at the Bentley are cancelled. That announcement and more information about the COVID-19 virus can be found here.

Please note the following Bentley-sponsored events are also cancelled:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
    “Schools and the Means of Education” (Remixed): The Black Action Movement and the Origins of the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Black Action Movement) with Stephen Ward
    Ford Presidential Library

We will continue to post updates to our website and social media as they become available.