Library Services Winter term 2022 & COVID-19 Updates

Library Services & Covid Updates Winter Term 2022

In response to the government announcement regarding provincial measures related to the Omicron variant,  Trent University will offer most classes remotely as of January 10 as planned and will extend remote classes until January 30. In-person classes are planned to resume Monday, January 31st. 

In response to the changing information, Bata Library will have modified hours for  January 10-30, 2022. Please see the updated Bata Library hours listed on our library hours webpage. The Library & Archives will be adding additional hours for virtual research assistance during this period. Access to our e-resources and online research guides are always available through our website.

The Bata Library is open and provides access to study space, virtual research assistance, borrowing of library material, online request and pick up of physical library materials to Trent students, staff, and faculty only.  To pick up library materials, you will need to make an appointment online

At this time masks must be worn in the libraries at all times, and food & drink are not permitted.

Picking Up Library Items

During January 10-30, library items may be requested online through and an appointment is required to pick up library material. Before arriving on campus, you must complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 self-screening.

Once you place your request in Omni, please select the library location where you'd like to pick up your items. Library material can be picked up at the Library Service Desk in Bata Library or curbside pickup at the Durham Campus Library & Resource Centre. Students on campus may also use the self-checkout station to borrow library material. 

In addition, some library units are offering modified hours and services up until January 30th. 

Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre

The Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre will be closed as of Monday, January 10th through to January 30th and will be offering curbside pickup service of library materials on Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. For questions or assistance, please contact us at

Computers and printing are available at the Durham GTA Campus in Building A, Room 112.

Library Research Consultation Centre (Librarian ASSISTANCe)

The Library Research Consultation Centre will offer services remotely until January 30th, Monday through Friday (9am-5pm), via e-mail or virtual appointments through Book-A-Librarian


The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) will offer services remotely until January 30th, Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and Tuesday evening (6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.) Please email with your research questions and requests for virtual consulations. 

MaDGIC will also offer weekly Drop-In Virtual Help sessions on Monday (3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Tuesday (6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.) and Thursday (10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.). To attend a Drop-In Virtual Help session, you'll find a link under Trent University's Calendar of Events.


TEMPORARY CLOSURE: The Archives is closed until January 30th in response to the Government of Ontario's announcement of January 3rd, 2022 related to the Omicron variant. We will be monitoring the Archives email account ( but will not have access to our holdings during this period. Please email to schedule an appointment for after January 31st. We look forward to hearing from you and will respond to research queries as soon as possible upon our return to campus.


Regular Library hours and services will resume as of Monday, January 31, 2022. Please email for questions or research assistance. 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 students, staff & faculty 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 (current Trent students, Trent staff and faculty) 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 online courses should contact the library with this information so that we can evaluate options for alternative 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.  Please keep in mind that not all Ontario or Canadian academic library institutions have resumed full ILL services; therefore, certain items may not be available for loan and there may be shipping delays due to reduced staffing.

In-Person & Virtual Services

Research Assitance

Assistance with using library resources for research is available virtually and in person. 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. 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, starting September 9th. 


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

*The Archives reading room is temporarily closed until January 30, 2022.

Our holdings are available for research purposes in the Archives Reading Room. Please note that appointments are required.

The Archives Reading Room is open by appointment Monday – Friday,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. There are extended hours Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

To book an appointment, please email

Before visiting the Archives, please note the COVID-19 controls in place as outlined on the Trent University website for visitors. Every visitor to campus is required to complete the following: 

On-Campus Services

Health & Safety Measures

  • All students, staff, and faculty accessing Trent’s campuses in Peterborough or Durham must complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 Screening Tool and only proceed to campus if you pass. This screening is required prior to arrival on campus and must be completed each day you plan to come to campus. The screening tool can be accessed at or through the Trent Mobile App under the Trent Forward section.
  • Face coverings will continue to be required on campus. Please review the university's Mask & Face Covering Policy before coming to the library.
  • 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

Before arriving on campus, you must complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 self-screening.

When you place your request in Omni, you select the library where you'd like to pickup your items. Library material can be picked up at the Library Service Desk in Bata Library or the Durham Campus Library & Resource Centre.

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 related to COVID-19, 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. Study rooms are available for individual use.  These spaces can be booked for up to 2 hours/day. To reserve a study room, visit Room Bookings through MyTrent.

Graduate carrels on the third and fourth floors and the Graduate Reading Room on the fourth floor are also available.


*The Durham Campus Library & Learning centre is temporarily closed January 10-30 and is offering curbside pickup of library material.

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

Due to the pandemic, access to on-campus services are unavailable at this time, with the exception of community members that have booked an appointment with the Archives. We look forward to eventually welcoming community visitors back to the library when it is possible to do so. 

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.