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Bata: Library of the Future

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Bata: Library of the Future

Information for Future Students

Bata Library Revitalization Project

Posted: February 1, 2017; updated September 1, 2017

Students who have accepted their offer to Trent University, or have applied to Trent for fall 2017 will want to be aware of an exciting transformation of the Bata Library that will result in a spectacular modernized library in May 2018. The following is information regarding alternate library services during the renovations from May 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018. 

​Information on this page will be updated and added as further details become available. Please check back for updates.

I heard the Bata Library is being renovated. What is happening?

Trent University’s iconic Bata Library is set to undergo an amazing revitalization and transformation. Starting this spring, the Library will undergo an $18 million transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster. The transformation will be carried out in a way that maintains and enhances a historically-significant building designed by one of Canada’s most renowned architects, Ron Thom. 

When the renovations are complete, what will the new library look like?

The library is the academic heart of Trent University. This transformation will ensure the Bata Library maintains this important space/role on campus for years to come. For you as a new student at Trent, the newly renovated space will provide:

  • Greatly enhanced collaborative working space, along with designated areas for various levels of contemplative and individual study
  • An entrepreneurship and social innovation centre
  • Space for the newly curated book and other non-digital collections
  • Three research centres: Trent Centre for Aging and Society; Indigenous Environmental Studies Research Centre; Canadian Environmental Modelling Centre
  • Two visualization labs
  • Educational design research studio
  • A presentation practice room
  • A  wide selection of interactive student spaces (group and individual)
  • Design elements to promote environmental sustainability

Why is this project important for new Trent students like me?

As a new student at Trent, you will have access to one of the most recently transformed  university libraries available. With a more contemporary view of the way students use libraries today, the newly transformed library with the Bata Research and Innovation Cluster will provide you and your fellow students with access to all of the print and non-print collections you need within a library space better configured to your needs to work collaboratively and independently in a modern, aesthetically-pleasing, environmentally-friendly facility.

Does the library need to be closed for the renovation?

The library building will be closed, but library services will continue throughout the project through alternate processes and locations. In order to repurpose, refresh and modernize all public areas of the Bata Library, including a complete overhaul of environmental, heating and electrical systems, and to meet the federal government’s timelines for funding the project, the building will be closed from May 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018.

If the library is closed, how will I get access to books and other research materials?

In the upcoming academic year, all new students will continue to have access to books and collections, as well as information technology, and research support services, throughout  the renovation process. 

The library’s specialized collections, such as the archives, maps, and microforms, along with the equipment and space needed to consult them, will be temporarily moved to an off-campus, downtown location at the former Shoppers Drug Mart (225 Charlotte Street), accessible by public transportation.

The circulating collections will be placed in a second off-campus location (2109 Whittington Drive). This location will not be open to the public, but students, faculty and staff will be able to request items from the library collection through TOPCAT, the library catalogue. The requested items will be delivered to a temporary on-campus service point for pick up (SC 203).

On the Symons Campus, an on-campus service point in the new Student Centre will be open to support the needs of faculty and students with service hours similar to our current library service hours. Library materials ordered from the off-campus locations during the reconstruction will be transported to and from this service point.

All current library services (e.g. reserves, book loans, interlibrary loans, research and instructional support, data and GIS support) will continue to be available. All online digital resources and collections will continue to be available during the temporary relocation of library services, as will the collections and services of the Archives and the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC).

How long will it take for me to get the books and resources I request through the on-campus service point?

There will be regularly-scheduled deliveries of materials to and from the temporary off-campus locations to the on-campus service point. Students will receive their requests for library material which is in our collection within 24 hours of making a request. Additional time may be required for inter-library loan service, as well as requests made over weekend hours.

I heard the library is a great study space. Where will I be able to do this when the library is closed?

Easing the transition during reconstruction, the new Student Centre will be able to accommodate members of the Trent community looking for places to meet, study and collaborate on campus. The University has also relocated all of the library’s 950 study seats to repurposed locations across campus and added an additional 75 study seats available for use when classes begin.The 1,025 relocated study seats will match the hours previously held by Bata Library, including extended hours during exams, and can be easily located using the available interactive map. The majority of these spaces will be accessible and include quiet, group and computer study space. In fact, the same number of computers that were available in the library have been relocated across campus and even more printing stations have been added to ensure simple access to computers and printing throughout the year.

Will the Student Centre be open when I begin my academic year at Trent University?

There is a strict deadline in place for the completion of the Student Centre. Construction is planned to be completed for fall 2017 and the Student Centre will be open for the 2017/18 academic year. For updates on the progress of this project, please visit the Trent Central Student Association website.

What kind of print collection will be available in the new library next year?

The integration of a carefully curated collection of Bata Library’s current print holdings will be a key feature of the newly transformed Bata Library. About 50% of the Bata Library’s current print holdings will return when the building reopens. Priority will be given to materials that: respond to current and identified future needs for teaching, learning and research; historically important and unique collections; materials where dependable alternate formats (e.g. digital or microform) are not available; items which are only available at Trent; and more.

The revitalization of the library will ensure Trent’s digital and physical collections are preserved, while improving access to the world’s knowledge, and ensuring our library services respond to the rapidly changing needs of students and faculty.

Can I provide input/feedback on this project?

Definitely! As a new student joining Trent for the next several years, we want to hear from you. A new Student Advisory Committee has been set up by the library and we want to hear your innovative ideas to improve the library experience at Trent University. Students can also directly contact the library through various social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and even by email. If you have any specific questions about the renovation process, floor plans or would like to share an idea or suggestion, please email University Librarian Robert Clarke at libraryadministration@trentu.ca

If I have any further questions, can I contact Trent University for more details?

Yes. Future students or their parents/family members and supporters who have questions or concerns about the library renovation process are encouraged to get in touch with our recruitment and tours office. Our staff will be able to answer your questions and provide more information about the exciting library you will use as a Trent student. Email us at liaison@trentu.ca or call 1-888-739-8885.