Students looking for a study break can now hone a different kind of skillset on campus with the Library’s latest collection. Trent University Library & Archives are now offering board games available on loan from both the Bata Library and the Durham Library & Learning Centre.
The collection is part of a pilot project that explores adding new types of materials to the Library, and while this offers a great chance for students to unplug and have some fun, it is also sparking conversations about how board games can support teaching, learning, and research initiatives at Trent.
“The launch of the board game collection has already led to some great discussions,” said Coralee Leroux, scholarly resources librarian. “This includes conversations with an instructor considering using the games in an upcoming course, and with a student who has developed their own board game.”
A later phase will look at acquiring additional games that directly support teaching and research.
The Library’s board game collection has come together with support of local collaborators. Peterborough-based The Boardwalk Board Game Lounge, owned by former Trent student Dylan Reinhart, and the Gamer’s Table in Oshawa played a key role in supporting Library staff in selecting and acquiring games for the collection.
“During my time at Trent, Bata [Library] served as a hub where I could study with friends, work independently, or find a few moments to be social between classes,” shared Dylan. “What an honour to help add this service to one of my favourite spots on campus.”
To learn more about the collection and the games available, visit the Library Board Game Collection Guide.