Study Spaces

Trent University Library & Archives offers a variety of different study and learning spaces to meet your needs at both of our library locations. Learn more about these spaces and how to access them below.

Book a study space online.

The Library requires users to check in to their booked study spaces. Here's what you need to know:

When you arrive at your study room, you'll need to complete a quick check-in process. Simply follow the link provided in your confirmation email or scan the QR code located in the room to check in.

Please note, there is a 15-minute window from the start of your booking time to complete this check-in. If you do not check in within this timeframe, your booking will be automatically cancelled, and the room will be made available for others to reserve.  

If you're having a hard time checking in, ask for help from the staff at the Library Service Desk.  Please note you can't check in more than five minutes before your booking start time.  

This procedure is intended to ensure full use of our highly popular study rooms, which are often booked but left empty. We want to maximize the availability of study rooms so more students can use them.

Our one-person study booths and study carrels are perfect for focused, solo work. Book a booth or carrel for up to 3 hours per day. You can reserve a room up to 30 days in advance. Be sure to book early during busy periods like exams and midterms. 

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There are 3 study booths designated for students registered through the Student Accessibility Office. Students with accessibility requirements can obtain the code to these study booths through SAS. 

Lockable carrels on the 3rd and 4th floor can be reserved by Graduate Students for the semester and renewed for up to 2 years. To apply for a carrel, use the form available within MyTrent under Academics > Forms. 

Our group study rooms are perfect for small groups to brainstorm and work together. Book a room for up to 3 hours per day. You can reserve a room up to 30 days in advance. Be sure to book early during busy periods like exams and midterms. 

BL 207 – this is our extra-large group study room. Eighteen people can sit around a boardroom style table and the TV screen is quite large. It’s a great room for practicing presentations. 

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Our reading rooms are designed to provide a quiet and comfortable setting, equipped with adjustable tables and abundant plug points, making it easier for you to spend hours in the world of books. 

Graduate Student Study Room 

BL 408. Located on the 4th Floor, this room is for quiet study and reserved for Graduate Students only. If you are a grad student and want to gain access to this room, email with your request and they will add tap access to your TrentU card. 

Giizhigaatig (Cedar) Room 

The Giizhigaatig Indigenous Learning Space, situated in the Bata Library, offers a picturesque view of the river and the southern landscape of the University. This space serves as a communal area for Indigenous students to meet, study, socialize, and hold meetings. Reservations for this space can be made through the Wenjack School. 

BL 202 (Elaine Stavro) Room 

A large, windowed room with tables and couches. Good for quiet reading or group meetings. Reservations for this space can be made here

BL 411 

a classroom style space ideal for larger meetings or small conferences. [Bookings for this space must be made through library staff.] 

Feeling overwhelmed? Visit our De-stress Zones—available at both Durham and Bata Libraries—where you can unwind and recharge. These areas are equipped with puzzles, beanbag chairs, and various relaxing activities. Whether you want to build with Lego, create friendship bracelets, or just chill out, our De-stress Zones are your go-to for mental rest and relaxation.