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


The Bentley Historical Library is open for research by appointment only.

Please register for and use a Bentley research account to schedule an appointment in the Bentley’s reading room, request material to view, or order duplication.

Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I order duplication?
How do I consult with an archivist?

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.

Unprocessed Materials

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.