Community Borrower Services

Trent University Libraries are currently only open to Trent Students, Staff, and Faculty.

Due to the pandemic, we must restrict access to spaces and collections to support currently registered students, staff, and faculty. 

We look forward to eventually welcoming community visitors back to the library.

Those with an existing Community Borrower library card will have their borrowing privileges extended relative to the length of time they have been unable to borrow materials.



The Trent University Library & Archives welcomes Community users to visit the library.

Services freely available during operating hours include access to the physical collection and the Archives, obtaining general collection assistance, use of a limited number of public access computers, and microform reading equipment.

Library Card

Community users may purchase a Library Card for a non-refundable fee:

  • $25 for 3 months
  • $50 for 12 months

A library card is to be used by the registered owner only and should never be loaned to others. Any fines incurred are the responsibility of the card owner. The Library is not responsible for loaned, lost, or damaged cards. Please report a lost card to the Library immediately. A fee of $5 is charged for a replacement card.

For assistance, contact the Library Service Desk.


Physical Books & Journals

A "book" includes books, annuals and journals in our general stacks, as well as government publications and maps identified in the catalogue as "loanable".

  • You can borrow up to 25 regular books at a time, for 14 days.
  • You can renew your books online, up to a maximum of 60 days.
  • Items can be recalled if they are needed by someone else. 
    • Fines of $4 per day apply on items not returned within 7 days after a recall, up to a maximum of $56.
    • At 14 days overdue a book is considered "lost" and associated fees are charged.
  • There are no daily overdue fines, as long as the book is not recalled.
  • If a book is not returned or renewed within 30 days of its due date, it will be considered "lost" and a non-refundable "lost book" fee of $25, along with a replacement charge of $125 is charged.

Current Periodicals

A "current periodical" is an unbound issue of a recently received journal or magazine. Newspapers cannot be borrowed.

  • You can borrow current periodicals for 2 daysno renewals are permitted.  
  • A maximum of 10 issues can be borrowed at a time.
  • Fines of $4 per day apply to overdue items, up to a maximum of $56.
  • Current periodicals cannot be recalled.
  • If a current periodical is not returned within 30 days of its due date, it will be considered "lost" and a non-refundable "lost book" fee of $25, along with a replacement charge of $125 is charged.

Obligations and Limits

You are responsible for all materials borrowed under your account and you will be charged for overdue, lost or damaged items. Borrowing privileges are suspended if you owe fines or have any overdue items. 

You are required to inform the Library of a change to your address or contact information for receipt of notices.

Library borrowing cards should be reported to the Library Service Desk. A library replacement card may be obtained at the Library Service Desk for a fee of $5.00.

Borrowing privileges are extended to the registered owner only and are not transferable.  The registered owner is responsible for all fines and overdue, lost or damaged library materials.  Misuse of the library card or failure to respond to notices will result in the withdrawal of borrowing privileges.

Online Resources

The majority of our online resources are restricted to current students, faculty and staff of Trent University, but some are open-access and available to the public.

Use Databases A-Z to find licensed resources available to the public.

  • A grey open-lock icon: Open Access icon indicates free/public resources.