Library Services Spring/Summer Term & COVID-19 Updates

Library Services & Covid Updates Spring/Summer 2022


Bata Library

The Bata Library is open and provides access to study space, research assistance, borrowing of library material, online request and pick up of physical library materials.  Access to our e-resources and online research guides are always available through our website. Visit the website for more information and library hours.

Masks Optional on Campus as of June 20

Masks will be optional on Trent's campuses as of Monday, June 20. We respect the decision of students, staff and faculty regarding their choice on masking.

As always, the University continues to monitor conditions and will advise our campus communities of any changes to plans. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to campus. If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, be sure to review this helpful guide from the Province at

Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre

The Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre (DCLLC) is open and provides study space, two group study rooms, and borrowing of library material to Trent students, staff, and faculty.  Visit the DCLLC website for more information and for library hours. For questions or assistance, please contact us at

Masks continue to be recommended in the Durham Campus Library & Resource Centre.

For information and updates pertaining to the broader university, please see the Trent Forward Information.


Library Services & Resources

Use the links below to jump to information about our library services and resources.

Scholarly Resources

Most of our research materials are available online: eBooks, eJournals, streaming videos, etc. You can access these resources from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection, a computer or mobile device, and your MyTRENT login. 

Our Omni search tool is mobile-friendly and connects you to all our available resources. You can find Omni at the top of all our library webpages. Consult the Omni Guide for help using this tool. 

Physical Items

Our stacks are now open and all are welcome to browse our collections. Books and other physical collections are also available by request through Omni for pickup at the Library Service Desk.

Sign into Omni and search for library material. When you locate an item you wish to borrow, click "Request" and follow the prompts to select your pickup location.

  • Only eligible library patrons will see the Request option when they are signed into Omni.
  • Only items that are available for loan will have the Request option.


Instructors who can identify vital reserve readings needed for courses should contact the library with this information so that we can evaluate options for access. The best way to do this is by creating a Leganto reading list for your course. See more on the guide, Leganto: Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources.

Interlibrary Loans

The Library has now resumed Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for print materials.  In certain cases, items may not be available for loan and we may still see shipping delays. 

In-Person & Virtual Services

Research Assitance

Assistance with using library resources for research is available virtually and in person. In-person, drop-in assistance with a librarian is available in the Library Research Consultation Centre (Rm 208). Hours for drop-in assistance are normally 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. For virtual assistance, please visit our Research Guides also linked at the top of every webpage or in Omni, e-mail with your query and we'll respond, or Book-A-Librarian for an appointment to discuss research strategies and resources. You can choose to book your subject librarian,or use our general booking page


The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) will offer in-person and virtual services, GIS software and spatial / statistical data support, and borrowing of cartographic and government publications collections where appropriate. Please email for assistance.

For more information, please visit the MaDGIC website

Archives Reading Room

Our holdings are available for research purposes in the Archives Reading Room. Please note that appointments are required. To book an appointment, please email

Please note: masks are required in the Archives until May 31, 2022.


Monday - Friday : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm) .


May 6, 25, 27: Reading Room will be closed.

We are closed on statutory holidays. 

For more information about visiting the archives click here

Please let us know when you would like to visit by emailing and we will confirm. We look forward to hearing from you!​


On-Campus Services

Health & Safety Measures

  • Face coverings will continue to be required in classroom and lab spaces. Masks are highly recommended in other indoor public spaces.
  • Sanitization stations are available for students to disinfect study spaces before and after use
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the public areas of the libraries

Picking Up Library Items

When you place your request in Omni, you select the library where you'd like to pickup your items. Starting May 2022, you will have many pickup locations to choose from.  For more information please ask Library Staff.  

Returning Library Items

Items can be returned to return bins inside the library, or by using the exterior book bin:

  • Bata: located at the front doors of the Library by the bus stop.
  • Durham: located by the front doors of Durham campus Building A.

If you are unable to return library material due to extenuating circumstances, please contact us at before the items are overdue.

Paying Fines

Fines & fees may be paid in person via TrentU Card, debit, Visa, and Mastercard at either Bata Library Service Desk or Durham Branch during operating hours. Credit card transactions are also accepted via telephone during operating hours by calling 705-748-1011 x7423 or 905-435-5102.

Study Space

Bata Library

All 4 floors of Bata Library are open for study. There are both individual and group study rooms available as well as individual study booths.  To reserve a study room, visit Room Bookings through MyTrent.

Graduate carrels on the third and fourth floors of Bata and the Graduate Reading Room on the fourth floor are also available to graduate students.


The Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre is open for service and study during the following hours. Study space is available within the library as well as a group study room.  

Printers & Computers

All of Trent's printing and computing services are maintained by the IT department. Please check the IT website for information. 

Microform Readers

Microform readers are available on the 2nd floor of Bata Library.  Staff at the Library Service desk are available to assist.   

Community Members

As of May 2022, we will once again be able to welcome community members back into our libraries.  We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Non-Library Departments

There are a number of non-library departments and research centres within the Bata Library building. Please contact them directly with any queries or requests.

Contacting the Library

You can submit your questions about your research, access to resources, or general library queries to Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate librarian or staff member for a response. 

Direct contact information for specific library departments can be found on the following website.