BEAR (Bending magnet for Emission, Absorption and Reflectivity beamline)is placed at the 8.1 bending magnet port at Elettra. It is a joint venture involving the IOM-CNR and the University of Modena, with the support coming from the IFN-CNR – University of Padova Laboratory Group. The beamline is dedicated to the study of the optical, electronic and magnetic properties of materials also in UHV environment and their interplay with the geometrical structure, with particular attention to reduced dimensionality systems. The beamline operates in the 3-1600 eV spectral region, delivering selectable light polarization from linear to circular. The available spectroscopic tools allow to study in particular ultra-thin films, interfaces, surfaces, adsorbed molecules, nanostructured materials, polymer films, oxides and multilayers. Application oriented studies are optical (vis-soft X) metrology, radiation and thermal induced damage of soft matter and optical elements, multilayer films.