Bata Library and the Durham GTA Campus Library & Learning Centre are now open to current students, staff, and faculty. For detailed information about the re-opening of the libraries, please see our reopening announcement.

Trent University Library & Archives continues to offer electronic collections and virtual services. Please contact us at to access virtual services and supports. Check for updates regularly on our COVID-19 Alert Page.

Services for Graduate Students


As of September 28, the Graduate Student Study Rooms and Private Study Carrels will re-open. 

Navigate to:  Research Assistance; Services; Resources; Writing; Interlibrary Loans; General Library; Durham Branch; Useful Links.

Research Assistance

  • Consult with a Librarian
    • Every academic department at Trent has a Learning & Liaison Librarian who can work with you to develop effective information search strategies.  Find your librarian here.
    • Be sure you know the basics first: see our Library Skills Tutorials.
  • Ask a Question
    • Send us a comment or question.  We usually respond the same working day.
  • Citation Management
    • See our guide for options to replace RefWorks.

Services for Graduate Students

  • Graduate Student Study Room: BL 408 
    • On the 4th Floor there is a room for quiet study for Graduate Students only.
    • Use your TrentU card for access. If you are having trouble accessing this room, please contact the Campus card office
  • Private Study Carrels
    • 17 lockable carrels on the 3rd Floor can be reserved by Graduate Students.
  • Borrowing Regulations



Omni Search

  • Omni searches all library material available through the Trent Library, whether it's online or physically in the library.
  • Omni offers the option to search beyond the Trent Library, to other Ontario university libraries, or the world. See the Omni guide.
  • Search Omni from any library webpage.

Databases A-Z

  • A list of all our online indexes & databases, by title.

Library Research Guides

  • Lists of indexes and resources by subject.

E-Journals A-Z

  • Find all our e-journals, by title, keyword, subject, ISSN, or provider.

Media Collection

  • Information on our website about finding, booking, borrowing, and viewing media.


  • Information on our website about finding dissertations and theses.

Trent University Archives

  • Trent University Archives is a regional repository for historical papers and records relating to the Trent Valley area and beyond, with special emphasis on those subject areas which complement undergraduate and graduate teaching at Trent.

Spatial and Statistical Data 

  • Databases available through the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC).

Center for Research Libraries

  • The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its members libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings.
  • Material can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Trent is a member.
  • Use RACER to request a loan from CRL.

Search Other Library Catalogues with WorldCat

  • WorldCat describes itself as "the largest library network in the world. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their free resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information" (from the website).
  • WorldCat allows you to search a database of the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide. It's an excellent tool for finding out what is out there.
  • Once you know a book exists, you can order it on RACER.

Graduate Writing

Academic Skills Centre

Trent University's Academic Skills Centre provides support to graduate students through various resources and services including writing conferences, grant applications information, and time management advice.
Thesis Writing

A list of print and web resources to help you meet the challenges of thesis writing.

Writing a Literature Review
Grant Writing

Interlibrary Loans (ILL)

RACER Instructions Read this if you aren't familiar with RACER yet. You can register and login from here. RACER is the Interlibrary Loans system used by all Ontario University libraries.
Quick link to RACER (excluding Media) For those who have registered and already know how to use the system well.
Media requests via RACER Media requests via ILL are made with the ILL Media Requesting form. Visit Trent’s Media Collection for more information. Search ITMS to find media available at other Ontario University libraries.
General Information Information on how to order ILL items, policies, etc.
Contact How to contact the ILL Office.
Reciprocal Borrowing If you wish to visit another Canadian University Library and borrow directly from their collection, please see the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for details.

General Library Information

Contacts in the Library A list of who to contact in which department.
Questions and Comments Send us a question or comment. We'll make sure it gets to the right department or person. You can also use the link at the bottom of most of our webpages.
Proxy Server Using online resources from off-campus locations.
Gifts to the Library Information about donations to the library.
Group Study Rooms The study rooms in the Bata Library are available for use by registered Trent undergraduate and graduate students for group study or projects relating to a Trent course. Rooms may be booked online by any student with a valid Trent user name and password.

Durham Library Services

See the website for Trent University Durham Library for information about Trent Library services in Durham.

Links to Helpful Pages on our Website

This guides and help pages might be useful: