Library Services Fall 2021

Library Services Fall 2021

Bata Library & the Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre are open and provide access to study space, in-person information services, research support, borrowing of library material and online request and pickup of physical library materials to Trent students, staff, and faculty only.  At this time masks must be worn in the libraries at all times, and food & drink are not permitted.

In addition, research support, requesting material from library collections, information services, copyright and reading list support continues to be available remotely. 

Use the links below to jump to information about our library services and resources.

For information and updates pertaining to the broader university, please see the Trent Forward Information.


Scholarly Resources

Most of our research materials are available online: eBooks, eJournals, streaming videos, etc. You can access these resources from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection, a computer or mobile device, and your MyTRENT login. 

Our Omni search tool is mobile-friendly and connects you to all our available resources. You can find Omni at the top of all our library webpages. Consult the Omni Guide for help using this tool. 


Our stacks are now open and students, staff & faculty are welcome to browse our collections and check-out library material at the Library Service Desk. Books and other physical collections are also available by request through Omni for pickup at the Library Service Desk.

Sign into Omni and search for library material. When you locate an item you wish to borrow, click "Request" and follow the prompts to select your pickup location.

  • Only eligible library patrons (current Trent students, Trent staff and faculty) will see the Request option when they are signed into Omni.
  • Only items that are available for loan will have the Request option.


Instructors who can identify vital reserve readings needed for online courses should contact the library with this information, so that we can evaluate options for alternative access. The best way to do this is by creating a Leganto reading list for your course. See more on the guide, Leganto: Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources.


The Library has now resumed Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services for print materials.  Please keep in mind that not all Ontario or Canadian academic library institutions have resumed full ILL services; therefore, certain items may not be available for loan and there may be shipment delays due to reduced staffing.

In Person & Virtual Services 


Assistance with using library resources for research is available virtually and in person. For virtual assistance, please visit our Research Guides also linked at the top of every webpage or in Omni, e-mail with your query and we'll respond, or Book-A-Librarian for an appointment to discuss research strategies and resources. You can choose to book your subject librarian,or use our general booking page. In-person, drop-in assistance with a librarian is available in the Library Research Consultation Centre (Rm 208). Hours for drop-in assistance are normally 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, starting September 9th. 


The Maps, Data & Government Information Centre (MaDGIC) will offer in-person and virtual services, GIS software and spatial / statistical data support, and borrowing of cartographic and government publications collections where appropriate. Please email for assistance.

For more information, please visit the MaDGIC website


Our holdings are available for research purposes in the Archives Reading Room. Please note that appointments are required.

The Archives Reading Room is open by appointment Monday – Friday,  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Beginning September 7th, 2021, there are extended hours Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

To book an appointment, please email

Before visiting the Archives, please note the COVID-19 controls in place as outlined on the Trent University website for visitors. Every visitor to campus is required to complete the following: 

On-Campus Services


  • All students, staff, and faculty accessing Trent’s campuses in Peterborough or Durham must complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 Screening Tool and only proceed to campus if you pass. This screening is required prior to arrival on campus and must be completed each day you plan to come to campus. The screening tool can be accessed at or through the Trent Mobile App under the Trent Forward section.
  • Face coverings will continue to be required on campus. Please review the university's Mask & Face Covering Policy before coming to the library.
  • Sanitization stations are available for students to disinfect study spaces before and after use
  • Enhanced cleaning of high touch surfaces throughout the public areas of the libraries


Before arriving on campus, you must complete Trent’s mandatory COVID-19 self-screening.

When you place your request in Omni, you select the library where you'd like to pickup your items. Library material can be picked up at the Library Service Desk in Bata Library or the Durham Campus Library & Resource Centre.


Items can be returned to return bins inside the library, or by using the exterior book bin:

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

If you are unable to return library material due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19, please contact us at before the items are overdue.


Fines & fees may be paid in person via TrentU Card, debit, Visa, and Mastercard at either Bata Library Service Desk or Durham Branch during operating hours. Credit card transactions are also accepted via telephone during operating hours by calling 705-748-1011 x7423 or 905-435-5102.


Bata Library

All 4 floors of Bata Library are open for study. Group Study rooms and Individual Study booths are currently available.  These spaces can be booked for up to 2 hours/day. To reserve a study room, visit Room Bookings through MyTrent.

Graduate carrels on the third and fourth floors and the Graduate Reading Room on the fourth floor are also available.


The Durham Library & Learning Centre is open for service and study. Study space is available within the library, although capacity has been reduced.  

Please note: as seating has been arranged to ensure proper physical distancing, do not move or rearrange Library furniture.


All of Trent's printing and computing services are maintained by the IT department. Please check the IT website for information. 


Microform readers are available in the Microform Reading Room.   


Due to the pandemic, access to on-campus services are unavailable at this time, with the exception of community members that have booked an appointment with the Archives. We look forward to eventually welcoming community visitors back to the library when it is possible to do so. 


There are a number of non-library departments and research centres within the Bata Library building. Please contact them directly with any queries or requests.

Contacting the Library

You can submit your questions about your research, access to resources, or general library queries to Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate librarian or staff member for a response. 

Direct contact information for specific library departments can be found on the following website.