Bata Library and the Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre will be providing limited support and access during the provincial lockdown. For detailed information on Library Services available during this period, please see our news story. Please note the Library & Archives will re-open for virtual services only on January 4, 2021

Library Services during the Provincial Lockdown

Trent University Library & Archives Services during the Provincial Lockdown

Library & Archives services will continue to be available to support students and faculty during the provincial lockdown. The rules governing the shutdown will allow us to maintain limited operations on both our campuses following the holiday break.

Beginning January 4, the Library & Archives will reopen to provide virtual services. Limited on-campus operations as outlined below will resume January 11, 2021.

Virtual Services 

  • Online library help will be available by email (
  • Virtual appointments with our Librarians will continue to be available through the Book-A-Librarian service . To book an appointment click here
  • Access to our online collections will continue to be available through Omni.
  • The Trent University Archives will be closed to visitors. Staff will respond to research requests received through email during that period. Please note that the archival holdings will be inaccessible during the closure period. Please email for inquiries.
  • MaDGIC and GIS support will be offered virtually; please email for assistance.

Pickup Service 

The Library will be re-implementing pickup service of library material as of January 11th. Trent faculty and students can request physical library material online through Omni for pickup at either campus library. Full details, including how to request an item, are availabe on our Lockdown Pickup Service page.

Study Space and Computer Access 

The 1st & 2nd floors of Bata Library will open for limited use of computers and study spaces beginning January 11th. Please click here for library hours.

During the lockdown, Trent students and instuctors visiting the library must abide by the following:

  • Before arriving on campus, complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 self screening.
  • Follow all signage and the university’s Mask & Face Covering Policy while on campus.
  • As tables, couches, and chairs have been arranged to ensure proper physical distancing, do not move or rearrange Library furniture.
  • No food or drink is permitted in public areas.

Items currently on loan

Due dates for library materials currently on loan will be extended to Friday, February 19th, 2021. 

All Library items should be returned in the Book Return Box:

  • Bata: located at the front doors of the Library by the bus stop.
  • Durham: located by the front doors of the Durham campus.

All returned material will be quarantined for 72 hours.

For more information, please contact Robert Clarke, University Librarian, or email