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Bata: Library of the Future

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Bata: Library of the Future

Bata Library to Open October 29, 2018

Access to library and student services, books, resources and study spaces will be available

The Bata Library will have a soft opening on Monday, October 29, 2018 as you return from reading week.

You’re invited to visit the library when you arrive back to campus on Monday, October 29, enjoy a free refreshment, and take in the variety of new services, features and spaces available.

Services available for the soft opening of the Bata Library will include:

  • Full suite of library services and resources, including newly curated book and non-print collections and access to library staff
  • Student areas and study spaces, including group study rooms and tables, quiet study spaces, presentation practice room, casual seating areas, and more
  • Wi-fi service and public computer areas and printing access
  • Information Technology help desk
  • Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC)
  • A stunning living wall feature on the main floor and other exciting new design and facility features

Research centres and other services and operations will come online in a phased-in approach. Further details about this schedule will be shared as they become available.

An official Bata Library Celebration Event will take place the afternoon of November 16, 2018 – be sure to mark your calendar.

For any questions, please email University Librarian Robert Clarke at libraryadministration@trentu.ca

Why has the opening been delayed?

The plan for Trent’s library of the future, presented to the Trent community in early 2017, has been implemented. In some instances, spaces had to be relocated on the plans to better accommodate the structural limitations of the 49-year old Bata building. 

Challenges associated with pre-existing structural and mechanical conditions, some present since 1967, added eight weeks of construction time to the project. Additionally, the general contractor has encountered some business and resources challenges that have slowed progress late in the project.

The remaining work entails a number of different pieces. For instance, there are some changes to the HVAC and other building systems mandated as a result of the building inspection process. In addition, some finishing work (e.g. cabinetry, painting, installing door locks, etc.) is still to be completed. With the phased move-in approach, there may be workers on-site making minor repairs, touchups, etc. intermittently, after the building opens.

Get a glimpse into construction progress over the past year during this $18 million renovation.

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Exciting New Features for the Library of the Future

Like today’s most contemporary libraries, the revitalized Bata Library offers many diverse social and experiential opportunities with the aim to promote community and a sense of belonging – one of the hallmarks of a Trent education. Trent is also known for our collaborative learning environment. The new library builds on this environment by allowing students to move seamlessly from collaborative engagement in class to collaborative study spaces in the library. Trent’s library of the future is also well-equipped to ensure our students, faculty and staff can meet future demands around technology and new models of educational delivery. New technological infrastructure allows users to search everything within Trent’s resources and outside of Trent at the same time – ensuring all materials can be accessed anytime, anywhere.  

Features to Trent’s new library of the future include:

  • An entrepreneurship and social innovation centre – providing a valuable site for social engagement in experiential learning, and development of new experiential learning projects and work placements for students
  • Various locations for the carefully selected book and non-print collections – our modernized library features both print collections and modern and expanding digital resources
  • Three research centres: Trent Centre for Aging and Society; Indigenous Environmental Studies Institute; Canadian Centre for Environmental Modelling in Chemistry
  • Two visualization labs – many disciplines are engaging with art and technology through new mediums, such as gaming, and Trent's new lab allows for the creation of more sophisticated visualization tools – including virtual realities, 3D printing – for teaching and research
  • Critical Making Studio gives students, faculty, and librarians access to the tools they need in order to produce objects that will assist their research, teaching, and learning
  • Educational design research studio to support faculty across all disciplines in learning about and implementing the most recent developments in higher education teaching practice
  • A presentation practice room - a space where students can prepare, create and practice presentations for seminars and classes with their peers, or independently 
  • A wide selection of interactive student spaces (group and individual) to promote social engagement and collaborative learning - spaces like this are central to modern libraries
  • Design elements to promote environmental sustainability, including a green wall
  • Much attention has also been paid to preserving and refreshing much of the original Ron Thom décor and furnishings.

In other Library news:

  • Trent University has partnered with the Internet Archives to digitize and preserve 250,000 books from the Thomas J. Bata Library through the Open Libraries project.
  • Advancement reports the successful completion of the $2 million fundraising campaign for the Bata Library and has since raised a further $145,000 for a Bata Library Furniture fund to restore, refurbish and return some of the precious original furniture. 
  • During convocation, Alumni Affairs hosted a reunion for the Classes of 1964 and 1965 and several of Trent’s founders attended, including Professor Tom Symons, founding president of Trent University. Among the special guests were Paul Merrick, the lead architect who worked with master architect Ron Thom on Bata Library and Molly Thom, widow of the late Ron Thom. Mr. Merrick said the work was “dazzling” and expected the new library to be even more spectacular than when it originally opened.  

It’s an exciting time to be at Trent University. More on dates and details regarding the re-opening of Bata will be shared as information and updates become available.