The Bentley Historical Library is open for research by appointment only.
Please register for and use a Bentley research account to request material, schedule an appointment in the Bentley’s reading room, and order duplication.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please note: the library’s Reference team continues to receive and respond to remote requests, but the team’s ability to check the Bentley’s physical collections remains limited and it may take them a while to respond. Thank you for your patience.
To keep our visitors and staff safe, and to comply with state law and university regulations, the Bentley has updated the procedures for using the reading room in person. Please familiarize yourself with the new procedures here.
Data Collection and Use
The Bentley Historical Library may retain, indefinitely, all data and information regarding patron use of library items, including registration, circulation, duplication and publishing requests, as well as related correspondence. This information may be shared with third parties to address issues of legality, security, the administration of library collections, and other endeavors in support of of the mission of University of Michigan.
The Bentley Library is unable to provide access to unprocessed collections. This is to prevent us from misplacing or damaging fragile materials and to protect any sensitive private information such as social security numbers and medical or academic records. In addition, some materials may be covered by donor-imposed or legal restrictions.
Please complete the Notice of Interest in Unprocessed Collections form. It will allow our Library to set the priorities for future processing decisions. Thank you for taking the time to complete this form.