The library was one of the first buildings to open on the Waltham campus in 1968 when Bentley moved from its downtown Boston location. Since then, the library and its majestic clock tower, which was added in 1973, have served as the distinctive centerpiece of the University's beautiful upper campus.
In 2003, plans began for a major renovation project, and after being re-located to temporary sites for ten months in 2005, the Bentley Library re-opened its doors on March 21, 2006 to an exciting facility providing the space and resources appropriate for research, quiet study, and group collaboration.
Today, the Bentley Library is busier than ever and in 2011 was ranked #14 in the U.S. by The Princeton Review. State-of-the-art online resources are complemented by a dynamic book collection housed in electronic compact shelving, and a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) collection management system allows for quick self-checkout capability.
The building is also home to Einstein's Deloitte Café, The McGladrey Art Gallery, Client Services, the ESOL Center, and the Writing Center. With 743 comfortable study seats, 186 study carrels, 83 public computer workstations, 24 group study rooms, a research instruction classroom, and wireless network access throughout, the Bentley Library is truly the hub of the academic campus.