Bata Library Reopen to University Community Monday, October 29

We look forward to welcoming Trent students and faculty back to the transformed Bata Library after reading break. Drop by on Monday to enjoy some refreshments and take in all of the features of your new library of the future.

Starting Monday, Library and Information Technology staff will be on hand and ready to support students at the beautiful new service desk. During this phase of the opening, services at Bata Library will focus on prioritizing access to library, IT and student services, books, resources and study spaces.

All student areas and study spaces in Bata Library will also be accessible and available, including group study rooms, study tables, quiet study spaces, a presentation practice room and casual seating areas. Please note some technology is still being installed in these rooms.

This is a soft opening as some areas of the Bata building still require finishing touches. Some research centres and administrative offices will be part of the second phase of the opening. The Archives move will take place in early November and will be operational by late November. An official Bata Library Celebration Event will take place the afternoon of November 16, 2018 – details to follow. Be sure to mark your calendar.

Services available as of October 29 include:

  • Library services and resources include the ability to borrow books from the library collection, access reserves and interlibrary loans and receive research assistance from librarians and library staff. Note that media & microforms collections will be available later in November.
  • IT Services will include reserved equipment pickup and drop off, device troubleshooting, hardware imaging and walk-up incident support
  • A stunning living green wall feature on the main floor with casual seating areas
  • Refinished individual study tables and large collaborative study tables, quiet study areas and casual seating areas overlooking the river and the atrium
  • 12 new group study rooms, now available for booking through the myTrent portal under room bookings
  • A new presentation practice room that can be booked by larger groups (up to 12 students) with technology to enable students to practice presentations
  • Full Wi-Fi service in all areas of Bata Library
  • The Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) on the fourth floor will be open and staff will be available for consultation
  • Computing & Printing Stations
    • Bata Library will have two new computer commons, complete with 26 iMacs and 78 PCs on the first and second floors (relocated from the various temporary computer locations around campus in place for the transformation), in addition to printing and copying stations
    • In addition, all printing locations set up across campus for the transformation will remain, as well a number of computing resources in the following locations:
      • Lady Eaton College Room 104
      • Champlain College 207
      • Otonabee College landing and hallway
      • Gzowksi College atrium hallway
      • Science Complex B103 (The Crypt)

NOTE: All other computing locations that were set up temporarily for the transformation have been relocated to the library. View a full list of locations and changes.

  • For graduate students:
    • Graduate student carrels have returned. These heritage pieces have been refinished and will be available to be reserved as of Monday at
    • Two new graduate reading rooms for graduate students are on the fourth floor, featuring comfortable furnishings and study desks for silent study

Please note the Library service desk in the Student Centre and the Information Technology Service Desk in Otonabee College 221.6 have now relocated to Bata Library.

As of October 29, 2018, Library and IT services will be open for regular operating hours at Bata Library only. Extended Library hours will be in effect December 3 to December 18, 2018. Visit the Bata transformation website for a full list of hours.

For photos and more information about the Bata transformation visit

Creating the Library of the Future - Details about our exciting transformation