As of Tuesday, September 8, Bata Library and the Durham GTA Campus Library & Learning Centre will be 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.

LRCC: Library Research Consultation Centre


The LRCC physical office will remain closed until further notice.

Virtual assistance is available by appointment.

Please send an email to with the details of your query and a librarian will contact you to arrange a meeting.


Location: BL 208: Main (2nd) Floor of Bata Library.  See directions below or ask at the Service Desk and they'll point the way.

Open: Generally weekdays 9am-4pm, but varies depending on librarian availability.  (We move around a lot.)  Check our hours.

What We Do

In-depth questions concerning your library research can be answered at the LRCC by experienced academic librarians with extensive knowledge of library resources and research procedures.  There's also a consultation area where we can work through your issues together on a large display screen.

The LRCC is home to the Teaching & Research Librarians.  These librarians have subject specialties and they're collectively responsible for:

  • library skills instruction (other than MaDGIC or Archives);
  • individual research assistance;
  • library website design and maintenance;
  • library resource selection, access, usability, and interactivity.

photo of the sign outside the LRCCHow To Contact Us

Drop In

  • If the centre is open there's a green sign on the door; ring the bell and walk in.  This lets us know you're here, and an available librarian will come out to meet you.
  • If the sign on the door is RED, no one is currently available to meet with you.

Library Service Desk

  • The Library Service Desk is staffed with knowledgeable staff members, and maintains longer hours than the LRCC.  You can ask your question there, and if it's simple you'll get your answer.  If it's complicated, they'll refer you to us.


  • This is the BEST way to set up a meeting or start a conversation.
  • Questions sent to will be answered by a staff member, or forwarded to the LRCC librarian most knowledgeable about the subject matter.
  • Normally you hear back within a day, or the same day.
  • Email allows us to look more deeply into your question before responding.  When we reply, we've already figured out the best advice (and you didn't need to watch as we explored all the dead ends).


  • A quick, simple question might be answered immediately with a phone call.
  • Phone 705-748-1011 ext.7420.
  • The first available librarian will take your call; if no librarians are available you can leave a message.


What to Ask Us

We welcome your questions about:

  • library resources (databases, books, online material, journals, etc.)
  • search techniques
  • the library website
  • access to online resources
  • Library Skills Tutorials
  • library instruction options

Where to Find Us

photo of Bata Library entrance


Enter the Bata Library through the main doors on the 2nd Floor.  

Head left toward the LIBRARY side (not to the IT side on the right). 

You'll find yourself in front of the Library Service Desk.  If you prefer to ask, someone there can point you to us.  Otherwise,  keep walking.

photo of pathway to BL 208


From the Library Service Desk, go straight ahead, behind the living green wall.

You'll pass the Practice Presentation Room on your left - keep going.

photo of the door to BL 208


There's a little door tucked away in a quiet nook here.  That's us.

Ring the bell to tell us you're here, then walk in.  Someone will come out to greet you.