As of Monday, April 26, Trent University Library & Archives (TULA) will offer contact-less curbside pickup services for library materials to Trent students, staff, and faculty until the end of the stay-home order. During this time, there will be no access to Bata Library or the Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre. For full details, please see our page about Trent Library & Archives service during COVID-19.

Coralee Leroux appointed Interim University Librarian

Coralee Leroux appointed Interim University Librarian


Trent University is pleased to announce the appointment of Coralee Leroux as the Interim University Librarian for a two-year term, commencing July 1, 2021. Ms. Leroux has served as Manager of Library Services at Trent University since 2019. Previously, Ms. Leroux has held various roles at institutions including the Ontario Colleges Library Service and the Ontario Council of University Libraries.

As Interim University Librarian, Coralee will have primary responsibility for the leadership and direction of the university libraries in Peterborough and Durham and will be reporting directly to the Provost and Vice President Academic. The Library is the central information and knowledge hub of the university, providing access to physical and virtual collections, collaborative learning spaces, and expert instruction and assistance in support of scholarship, research, teaching and learning. Ms. Leroux will also be responsible for managing, planning, and developing the libraries’ services, budget, programs and collections.

Ms. Leroux will be taking over for Robert Clarke who in the last 14 years has proven to be dedicated and committed to the university community in his role as University Librarian. During his tenure, the Bata Library underwent a transformative renovation and now offers students a large selection of interactive student spaces, an entrepreneurship and social innovation centre, an educational design research studio and many more modern amenities to meet current and future demands of the University – definitely a legacy to be proud of.  Robert will be going on administrative leave as of July 1, 2021, following which he will retire as University Librarian.

Join us in welcoming Coralee to this new role and thanking Robert Clarke for his leadership and contributions as University Librarian.


Please read Robert Clarke’s personal message to the University community as he welcomes Coralee to her new role.

Dear colleague,

As has been announced, Coralee Leroux will be taking over the reins of the Library and Archives on July 1, 2021. During the time she has been part of the Library and Archives team, she has shown us that she is a strong, energetic and resourceful leader who listens, plans carefully, shows compassion for others, and is a forward thinker. She will be an excellent colleague.

When I first came to Trent in January 2007, I was warmly welcomed by everyone I met.  For me, that sense of belonging and support has never changed during the 14+ years I have been part of this wonderful community of scholars. I invite you to support and inspire Coralee as you have done for me as she begins her new role at the Library and Archives.

As of July 1st this year, I will be on administrative leave, then I’ll be retiring the following academic year (2022). I am looking forward to seeing you in person before I retire, and plan to take part in Convocation on the Podium in front of the Bata Library in June 2022.

In the meantime, I hope to see many of you on zoom a few more times and wish all of you a successful end to such a challenging year. The Library and Archives will continue to support faculty & students as we navigate the challenges ahead, adapt to new ways of learning and research and provide innovate ways of providing information and services to the Trent community.


Robert F. Clarke

University Librarian