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.


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, however, we will be unable to respond to these requests until the governor’s orders are lifted.

For research or other questions, please email

The Library is open without fee to the public, and we welcome researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation. To use the Bentley’s resources more effectively, you will need to register for a Bentley research account using a general U-M account.

Have a U-M account? Click “Login” below to get started!


Don’t have a U-M account? That’s OK!

Click “Create” below to get started with a U-M Friend Account.



Once you have a Friend Account, come back to this page and click the ACTIVATE button.


Do you have a U-M account but are new to research at the Bentley?


Have a U-M account and a Bentley research account?

Requesting Items

Once your research account is set up and you’re logged in, you may create a “New Reading Room Request” for materials from the MLibrary Search catalog,  Bentley finding aids, Alumni Records Index, or Vertical File index.

You can search any of our catalogs and databases without logging into your account.

Please be aware that we do have material stored in an offsite facility. These materials require at least 7 business days’ notice to retrieve. We encourage you to place your requests prior to your visit.

If you need help with anything, please contact the Reference team at or call 734-764-3482–we’re happy to help!


Example view of a Bentley research account: