The Bentley will be closed for the Holiday Recess from December 24th through January 1st.

Regular hours will resume Wednesday, January 2nd.


The Bentley Historical Library can be an exceptional resource for faculty teaching classes at the University of Michigan.

We offer a variety of class sessions, including:

  • General information about how to locate and use Bentley materials for research purposes.
  • Class presentations on selected materials pertaining to specific subjects, historic periods, formats, or genres.
  • Instruction sessions designed to introduce students to primary sources and original research materials, how those materials might be used in research projects, and how to find secondary research materials.

We will work with faculty and instructors to identify appropriate materials and develop class assignments.

Please be aware, however, that we have made some changes in our policies and procedures.

To request a session in the archives, please contact Cinda Nofziger, Archivist for Academic Programs and Outreach, at at least one month in advance of the date you’d like to visit. Please include a syllabus and any assignments that may involve the archives, as well as the number of students in your class.

Prior to class:

  • Bentley staff will work with faculty/instructors to select materials and develop activities, depending on the goals for the class session.
  • All students and faculty/instructors will need to create an account at the Bentley using our online system Aeon (see here for complete instructions). Part of this process includes reading the rules and procedures for general use of the Reading Room. Students should be prepared to adhere to those rules.

Upon arrival at the Bentley:

  • Students should bring their MCards to check in for class.
  • Depending on the type of visit, the session will take place in either in the Whiting Room or in the Reading Room.

We look forward to working with you!