The Bentley Historical Library collects the materials for and promotes the study of the the State of Michigan and the University of Michigan. The Library is open without fee to the public, and welcomes researchers regardless of academic or professional affiliation.
The Bentley’s 11,000 research collections range from the papers of governors of Michigan, to the records of student and faculty life at the University, to the entire historical record of intercollegiate athletics at Michigan, and much more. Academic programs at the Bentley Historical Library foster innovative exploration and learning opportunities for over 1,000 students per academic year. Bentley archivists partner with research and teaching faculty to explore, design, implement, and evaluate new teaching methodologies. The Bentley also supports a robust curatorial program for digital archives.