Bata Library Transformed

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

We look forward to welcoming Trent students and faculty back to the transformed Bata Library after reading break. Drop by on Monday to enjoy some refreshments and take in all of the features of your new library of the future.

Starting Monday, Library and Information Technology staff will be on hand and ready to support students at the beautiful new service desk. During this phase of the opening, services at Bata Library will focus on prioritizing access to library, IT and student services, books, resources and study spaces.

All student areas and study spaces in Bata Library will also be accessible and available, including group study rooms, study tables, quiet study spaces, a presentation practice room and casual seating areas.

This is a soft opening as some areas of the Bata building still require finishing touches. Some research centres and administrative offices will be part of the second phase of the opening. The Archives move will take place in early November and will be operational by late November. An official Bata Library Celebration Event will take place the afternoon of November 16, 2018 – details to follow. Be sure to mark your calendar.

Services available as of October 29 include:

  • Library services and resources include the ability to borrow books from the library collection, access reserves and interlibrary loans and receive research assistance from librarians and library staff. Note that media & microforms collections will be available later in November.
  • IT Services will include reserved equipment pickup and drop off, device troubleshooting, hardware imaging and walk-up incident support
  • A stunning living green wall feature on the main floor with casual seating areas
  • Refinished individual study tables and large collaborative study tables, quiet study areas and casual seating areas overlooking the river and the atrium
  • 12 new group study rooms, now available for booking through the myTrent portal under room bookings
  • A new presentation practice room that can be booked by larger groups (up to 12 students) with technology to enable students to practice presentations
  • Full Wi-Fi service in all areas of Bata Library
  • The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) on the fourth floor will be open and staff will be available for consultation
  • Computing & Printing Stations
    • Bata Library will have two new computer commons, complete with 26 iMacs and 78 PCs on the first and second floors (relocated from the various temporary computer locations around campus in place for the transformation), in addition to printing and copying stations
    • In addition, all printing locations set up across campus for the transformation will remain, as well a number of computing resources in the following locations:
      • Lady Eaton College Room 104
      • Champlain College 207
      • Otonabee College landing and hallway
      • Gzowksi College atrium hallway
      • Science Complex B103 (The Crypt)

NOTE: All other computing locations that were set up temporarily for the transformation have been relocated to the library. View a full list of locations and changes.

  • For graduate students:
    • Graduate student carrels have returned. These heritage pieces have been refinished and will be available to be reserved as of Monday at
    • Two new graduate reading rooms for graduate students are on the fourth floor, featuring comfortable furnishings and study desks for silent study

Please note the Library service desk in the Student Centre and the Information Technology Service Desk in Otonabee College 221.6 have now relocated to Bata Library.

As of October 29, 2018, Library and IT services will be open for regular operating hours at Bata Library only. Extended Library hours will be in effect December 3 to December 18, 2018. View a full list of hours.


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.

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

Photo Gallery

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.  

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.