Bata Library Services During Renovations

The Bata Library building will be closed until Summer 2018 to allow for the Bata Library transformation.  See information on the renovations.  During this time, Bata Library services are relocated as indicated on this page.  The Durham Branch Library services are as usual.

Important Renovation Information Update - AUGUST 2018

As preparation for the move back to the Bata Library, please be aware of the following service interruptions for the Peterborough campus:

  • Access to the PRINT collection is currently suspended and ALL Peterborough locations are closed as the move back to the Bata Library occurs. Online resources such as databases and electronic journals are still available.

Library services will resume in September.


Bata Library Service Point


During the closure, library material may be returned in the external return bin located at the TSC main entrance.


Hours of Service

Need assistance contact Client Support

Services at this location:

  • check out materials placed ON HOLD through the catalogue
  • return and/or obtain assistance renewing library materials.  Consult instructions for renewing material online here.
  • check out and return Interlibrary loans (RACER)
  • course reserves
  • media collection
  • specialized equipment, e.g. microform reader, VHS player
  • external after-hours book return, located at the main entrance of the Student Centre 
  • general library information
  • research assistance with on-site librarian



Online resources are available and NOT affected during the renovations; the website, links, and our electronic subscriptions will be maintained as normal.  E-books can be searched and accessed through the catalogue, as normal. 

Print books, bound journals and the curriculum collection are stored in an off-site warehouse and can be requested via the catalogue, see below for details.   The Library's special collections, including the Archives & Special Collections, Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC), and the Microform collection are housed at the downtown location at 225 Charlotte Street (corner of Aylmer St.) and may be accessed by students, faculty and the public by appointment only. 

Archives & Special Collections - to arrange an appointment contact the Archives.

MaDGIC - to arrange an appointment contact MaDGIC.

Microforms - to arrange an appointment contact

The general and curriculum collections are maintained in an off-site warehouse. The library catalogue should be used to search/browse for items of interest and registered Trent clients may place a HOLD on items to be retrieved, for delivery to a selected pickup location.  Once you have placed a HOLD on an item, you can check the status to see what position you are on the waiting list.  Available items will be delivered within 1-2 business days. An email notification is sent, advising of their availability and providing instructions for pick up.

Current Periodicals are recent issues of journals.  Since the catalogue doesn't allow a HOLD to be placed on a single issue, we'll process your request manually. The issue(s) will be delivered to your pickup location within 1-3 business days. Once we place the hold, you can check the status of the hold.  An email notification is sent, advising of the availablity and instructions for pick up.  Email your request for a current periodical and include the following details about what you need:

  • Periodical/Journal title (essential)
  • Date
  • Volume number
  • Issue number
  • Pickup Location - Bata or Oshawa (essential)


Study Locations

The University has relocated all of the library’s 950 study seats to repurposed locations across campus and added an additional 75 study seats available for use when classes begin.  The 1,025 relocated study seats will match the hours previously held by Bata Library, including extended hours during exams, and can be easily located using the available interactive map.  The majority of these spaces will be accessible and include quiet, group and computer study space. In fact, the same number of computers that were available in the library have been relocated across campus and even more printing stations have been added to ensure simple access to computers and printing throughout the year.


Off-Campus Library Warehouse Facility

During the renovation period, Bata Library’s print collection of monographs, journals and curriculum materials are in an off-campus warehouse facility.    To use these items, Library clients should place a HOLD through the catalogue.  Selected items will be transferred and held for pick up at the campus Library service point.  Users can browse the collection virtually via the library catalogue using the “Nearby Items on Shelf” option. 

If the services above are inadequate for research purposes, faculty, staff and graduate students may request an appointment to review materials at the facility.  Appointments to enter the facility are booked around daily priorities, normally Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 15:00.  Walk-ins and last-minute requests cannot be accommodated.  Knapsacks, briefcases, and large bags are not permitted in the warehouse and must be left at the entrance.    Faculty, staff, and graduate students may be able to borrow materials from the facility at the discretion of the facility staff, provided that privileges are not suspended and a valid TrentU card is presented. 

The warehouse facility is not set up for public use and there are no public work areas.  The facility is southwest of Fleming College and not on the public transit system.    The warehouse is not wheelchair accessible and is accessed via eight stairs.  Staff at the facility are working with the collection, retrieving and returning materials for holds as well as identifying materials be retained for the BRIC in 2018.  Consequently, sections of the collection may not always be available.   

To request an appointment send an e-mail or telephone 705-748-1011 x6429 with two preferred dates and times from Monday to Friday between 11:00 and 15:00. 


Computers & Printing

The Bata Library temporary locations have limited seating and computer facilities, which are available for use by clients using the collections and equipment on-site. 

The IT Department maintains all computer labs and printers. For available computing resources, see the New Computing and Printing Locations.


Photocopying & Scanning

The photocopy service is maintained by the Print Shop.  See our Photocopying/Scanning webpage for locations.