Trent Alumni Library Services

The Trent University Library is pleased to offer Trent University Alumni Association members borrowing privileges at no charge, at both our Bata and Durham Branch locations.

Library Cards & Borrowing

See the Alumni Membership Policy for information on:

  • Library Cards
  • Borrowing Privileges
  • Fees & Responsibilites


Special Instructions for Alumni Users: April 27, 2017 - May 2018

During Bata Library's relocation, the main collection is stored in an off-site warehouse. Our online catalogue (TOPCAT) remains available for searching and browsing. Alumni who are registered for library accounts may place a HOLD on items to be retrieved from the warehouse for delivery to a Service Point on campus.

To Obtain Items:

  •  use this link:
  •  provide the title and author of the item
  •  specify any special information (such as edition or date)

We will respond within 1-2 business days.  You will receive an automated response to your "ticket", which allows us to track it and respond to individual needs.

When the item is available for pick-up, you'll receive an email message with full instructions.

For assistance contact Client Support.


Online Collections

Access to our licensed online resources is restricted, based on individual agreements with suppliers.

  • Some suppliers allow Alumni access, while others do not.
  • We do our best to obtain Alumni privileges to online resources whenever feasible.

Use Databases A-Z to find licensed resources available to Alumni.

  • A blue lock icon: Alumni Resource icon indicates Alumni access, and you can limit your search to those.
  • A grey open-lock icon: Open Access icon indicates free/public resources, and these are also available to Alumni.

The Library works with the Alumni Association to ensure only valid Trent Alumni are using restricted resources; the Alumni Association database is used for this purpose. When you connect to an online service, you'll be asked to login with your Trent email username and password. Information on how to obtain a new account, or reactivate your old account, can be found on the myTrent portal under the myTrentCommunity section.

Archival Collections

Trent Alumni have the same privileges in the Archives as current Trent students.

This includes reduced photocopy charges.