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.

All floors of Bata Library are now open!

All floors of Bata Library are now open!

The 3rd and 4th floors of Bata Library are open to students, faculty, and staff as of Monday, September 28th. We have adapted our spaces and services to provide safe and welcoming spaces to support you on your academic journey. 

With all floors now open, we are now able to offer:

  • Additional study space including individual study carrels available on the upper floors.
  • Study rooms that can be booked for individual use. These are a great spot to watch an online lecture, or participate in a virtual seminar or Zoom meeting.
  • Individual quiet study booths overlooking the atrium, bookable through Room Bookings.
  • Access to the Graduate Reading Room for graduate students looking for quiet study space.
  • Private graduate student carrels, which can be reserved by individual graduate students.

The physical collections will remain unavailable for handling or browsing, but books, media, and other physical materials are available by requesting them online through Omni. And our ebooks and digital collections are always available through the Library & Archives website.

The Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre is open and Library Staff are available to provide information and research assistance. For more information about services and hours, please visit the Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre webpage.


    We are pleased to offer the following on-site services during open Library Hours:

    • The Library Service Desk is open, and staff are available to provide information and research assistance.
    • Books and other physical collections are available by request through Omni. You will be notified when your requested items are available for pickup at the Library Services Desk. For more information on requesting items, please see our Omni guide.
    • Study spaces with a variety of seating options are available on all floors of the library
    • Study Rooms and individual study booths will be available for individual bookings by students through Room Bookings
    • Print stations are available on the 1st floor of the Library.
    • Computer workstations are available on the 1st floor as well as a few iMacs on the 2nd floor.
    • Microform readers are available in the Microform Reading Room by appointment. See the Microform Reading Room page for details on booking an appointment.
    • Graduate Reading Room BL 408 is a quiet study room reserved for graduate students only.
    • A limited number of private graduate carrels are available for graduate students to reserve.
    • The Archives is open by appointment. Research assistance or appointments may be requested by emailing .



    Many library services will continue to be offered virtually, including:


    The Library has implemented many new protocols to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff including:

    • Following the university policy, facemasks are required while in the Bata Library.
    • Building capacity has been reduced and is monitored to meet guidelines set by provincial regulations.
    • Chairs and furnishings have been rearranged or removed to allow for physical distancing.
    • The physical collections will remain unavailable for handling or browsing, but are available by request through Omni. Please see our Omni guide for instructions on requesting items.
    • Sanitization stations are available on every floor for students to disinfect study spaces before and after use
    • All library material that is returned will be quarantined for 72 hours before being re-shelved and being made available for circulation.
    • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the public areas of the library



    Please visit the Library website for Library hours.

    Yes, there are many study tables and café style seating on all floors of the library; some chairs have been removed to allow for physical distancing.

    Yes, there are study rooms available on the 3rd floor and individual study booths available on the 3rd and 4th floors. Both can be booked online.

    The IT Service Desk is open on the 2nd floor of the Bata Library. Click here for service desk hours.

    There are computers available on the 1st floor as well as the print station. There are also a few iMacs available on the 2nd floor.

    Please visit the IT website for more information

    Access to the stacks is limited to ensure the collections are only handled by staff retrieving library material. Library material can be requested online and picked up at the Library Service Desk. Returned library material will be quarantined for 72 hours.

    While we are doing our best to retrieve requested items quickly, we suggest you place your requests a few hours before you need your items.

    Library material is not available through Course Reserves at this time.

    You may place an ILL request for an item, but some requests cannot be filled at this time due to the closure of many participating libraries. Library staff are attempting to find alternative versions of physical items wherever possible and it may take more time to identify sources. You'll be kept informed of the status of your request via email and through RACER.

    The Ontario university libraries are working on a solution to allow for physical copies of material to be sent via interlibrary loans.

    Coffee is available at either the Starbucks in the Student Centre or in Champlain College. The opening date for the Bata Bean is TBA.

    For September, we are prioritizing access to spaces and collections to support currently registered students, staff, and faculty. This will allow us to adhere to capacity restrictions and required health and safety protocols, including physical distancing and enhanced sanitization of spaces and collections.

    We look forward to eventually welcoming alumni and community visitors back to the library when we can manage the additional capacity.