Library Services for Graduate Students

Library Services for Graduate Students

Trent University Library & Archives encourages graduate students to make use of the supports, services and spaces at the Bata Library and the Durham Campus Library & Learning Centre. Our librarians and staff are available in-person and virtually to support graduate students with their research needs.  More information can be found at the following link.

Omni - Search & Request!

Our library search & discovery tool, Omni, finds all items belonging to Trent University library. This includes books (online or physical copies), journals, articles, and maps, either on reserve or in the general collection. Omni’s filters help you to narrow down your search results to those you really want to see.

Click here for a guide on how to find library resources using Omni.

Not only does Omni find things at Trent, but you can also search and request items from other libraries.  When placing your request you can choose where you want to pick up the material: at the Library Service Desk either at Bata Library or in Durham or at any other participating Ontario university. Search the catalogue from anywhere, click “Request,” and you will receive an email when the material is available for pickup.

For Omni service updates & more info, click here .

Research Support for Graduate Students

Our librarians are here to help you with your research. We provide research consultations on topics including:

  • Effective information discovery and search strategies
  • Spatial & statistical data
  • Use of GIS software
  • Archival research

Click here to find subject-specific research guides with tools and research tips.

To book a research consultation with a librarian, find the research guide related to your research and click the “Book Online” button underneath the picture of that subject’s liaison librarian.

You can also contact the library by email or drop by the Library Research Consultation Centre (on Bata Library’s main floor, in room 208) on any weekday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Interlibrary Loans

Graduate students may also request material from other libraries using our Interlibrary Loan service. Ask at the Library Service desk or order through omni via the Library website.

The Archives

The Archives is located on the lower level of Bata Library and includes archival material and special collections. The Archives also contains hard copies of theses from prior graduate students. Archival material may be viewed during open hours or by appointment by emailing .


The MaDGIC unit on the 4th floor of Bata Library serves as the campus centre for government publications, maps, geospatial and statistical data, providing all disciplines with data sets from diverse government agencies and commercial publishers. Within its Data Visualization Lab, MaDGIC offers support to students and researchers requiring assistance with data visualization and data archiving as well as Geographic Information Systems (GIS). MaDGIC coordinates access to ArcGIS Online (AOL) and the distribution of Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop software (ArcPro and ArcMap) for student laptop use.  

MaDGIC offers a range of specialized and introductory workshops about its collections and supporting technologies. We would be delighted to assist with your research and teaching needs, and to participate in collaborative research projects. For further information, click here. Contact MaDGIC at

Critical Making Studio / Makerspace

The Library features a new Critical Making Studio with 3D printers, laser engravers, digitization stations, a vector cutting machine & a sewing machine to enable the creative expression of ideas with physical objects. Students will be able to access the Studio during drop-in hours or by appointment by emailing

Graduate Reading Room

There is a dedicated reading room on the 4th floor of Bata Library available for graduate students: BL 408.

BL 408, the Bakshi Family Graduate Reading Room, is available to graduate students as a dedicated quiet space for individual study, writing, and research. This room has card access and is only available to graduate students.

All graduate students are able to access this  space using your TrentU card. To obtain card access, please email before your visit or visit the Library Service Desk.

Group Study Rooms & Presentation Practice Room

There are 12 group study rooms available for students to book through LibCal. Students may book for up to 2 hours in these rooms per day. We also have 1 presentation practice room (BL 207) – a great room to practice for an upcoming thesis defence.

There are also 5 individual study booths around the atrium windows. These can also be found through LibCal

Graduate Study Carrels

Graduate students also have access to individual carrels in Bata Library available for the academic year. Graduate carrels are helpful for graduate students who spend a large part of their day working at the library. Carrels are reserved for a term on a first come/first served basis, and can be renewed for up to 3 years. Click here for the information below on info on how to apply for a carrel. There are still some available carrels! 


We wish you a successful academic year and we hope you make use of the support, services and spaces provided by the Library & Archives. Bookmark our website for more information