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.

Welcome to the MaDGIC Unit

Access to MaDGIC during the phased reopening of the Library

The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) is located on the 4th Floor of Bata Library. MaDGIC is part of the phased reopening of the Library. We are currently closed for walk-in services or browsing of physical stacks. 

As part of the phased reopening of the Library, MaDGIC staff are working from home. We are monitoring our email ticket system Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

We also welcome you to join our virtual drop-in Zoom sessions:

  • Mondays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To attend a drop-in session, you'll find a Zoom link in the Events Calendar by first signing in to MyTrent. Search for 'MaDGIC' and limit the results to Events Calendar. If you are unable to attend the drop-in times, we are also available for a scheduled Zoom consultation by emailing us at

We look forward to assisting students and researchers with access to MaDGIC collections, technologies and support services. 

Further Information  

About MaDGIC

The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) is a major resource for all students. The unit serves as the campus centre for geospatial and statistical data, providing all disciplines with data sets from diverse government agencies and commercial publishers. We also manage a number of data partnership agreements for the university, with, among other agencies, Statistics Canada, the Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange (OGDE), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Peterborough County, and the City of Peterborough.

MaDGIC offers support to students and researchers requiring assistance with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and coordinates the university’s site license for ESRI products, including access to ArcGIS Online (AOL) and the distribution of ArcGIS for Desktop software (ArcPro and ArcMap) for student laptop use. The unit is the home of the Regional Environmental History Atlas (REHA) project, and coordinates the university’s GIS Users Group.

MaDGIC also supports more traditional and historic collections, serving as a long-standing regional depository for government publications and maps published by the federal Government of Canada and provincial Government of Ontario. Some of these collections date back to Confederation, and include Canadian Parliamentary and legislative papers, statutes and regulations and some case law, royal commissions and task forces, Canadian Census and other Statistics Canada publications, government reports, and a range of maps, air photos, and other cartographic resources.

MaDGIC offers a range of specialized and introductory workshops about its collections and supporting technologies.

We would be delighted to assist with your research and teaching needs, and to participate in collaborative research projects.

Contact MaDGIC