Photo by Louis Taylor.
See the Bata Library Virtual Tour (Prezi).
The Bata Library is the only library at the Peterborough campus. In Fall 2010, a new branch library opened in Oshawa: see information about the Oshawa Campus Library.
Construction of the Bata Library began in 1967 and it was officially opened by Thomas J. Bata on September 6, 1969. This beautiful building is the centrepiece of the university campus and reflects in large measure the vision and philosophy of its architect, Ron Thom (1923-1986). While the campus was to be decentralized and comprised of a number of discrete colleges, the library was situated so as to form the focal point, the intellectual heart of the university. Members of the architect's planning team visited libraries at Brandeis, Yale, Harvard and M.I.T. before designing this beautiful Modernist building. The walls of Bata are exposed-aggregate rubble and concrete which Thom saw as matching closely the stone outcroppings of the area.
A good book on this is Trent: The Making of a University by A.O.C. Cole (Trent University, 1992). We have several copies of this book in the library.
If you'd like to see around the Bata Library, take a look at our virtual tour.
The online Library catalogue (TOPCAT) provides access to most of the collection. The Library’s collection includes:
The Library houses a number of special collections to support the University’s interest in Canadian Studies. These include the G. M. Douglas Arctic Collection, the Floyd Chalmers Collection of Canadian Explorations and the A. J. M. Smith Collection of Canadian poetry and literature. Transcripts of the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada (MacDonald Commission) and those of the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry are also available.
Trent University Archives holds non-current records of the University and also functions as a regional archive preserving private historical records of Peterborough County and the surrounding area. Holdings comprise over 1,100 metres of textual records – family, business, association and institutional papers – as well as 38,000 photographs, maps and other graphic items. In addition, a number of special collections of published materials have been acquired which focus on rare Canadiana. The Archives website provides an overview of the department and policies as well as in-depth guides to the holdings.
The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) is a major resource for all students. The department serves as a regional depository for several governments including the federal Government of Canada and provincial Government of Ontario. Collections include:
Introductory and specialized workshops to general resources, research techniques, and MaDGIC collections are offered by qualified Librarians.