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Bata Transformation: Library of the Future

Renovations to Trent's Iconic Bata Library Set to Begin May 2017; Join us for a drop-in Information Session March 30 12 noon to 6 p.m. 

Trent University’s iconic Bata Library is set to undergo an amazing revitalization and transformation, starting this spring.

Fueled by a recent $8.1 million funding injection from the federal and provincial governments, as well as University contributions, including donor gifts, the Bata Library will undergo an $18 million transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster.

Recognizing our library’s place as the academic heart of the University, the revitalization of the library will ensure Trent’s digital and physical collections are preserved, while at the same time, improving access to the world’s knowledge, and ensuring our library services respond to the rapidly changing needs of students and faculty.

Exciting New Features for the Library of the Future

Like today’s most contemporary libraries, the revitalized Bata Library will offer many diverse social and experiential opportunities with the aim to promote community and a sense of belonging – one of the hallmarks of a Trent education. Trent is also known for our collaborative learning environment. The new library will build on this environment by allowing students to move seamlessly from collaborative engagement in class to collaborative study spaces in the library. Trent’s library of the future will also be well-equipped to ensure our students, faculty and staff can meet future demands around technology and new models of educational delivery. New technological infrastructure is also being explored, which will allow users to search everything within Trent’s resources and outside of Trent at the same time – ensuring all materials can be accessed anytime, anywhere.  

Features to look for in Trent’s new library of the future include:

  • An entrepreneurship and social innovation centre – providing a valuable site for social engagement in experiential learning, and development of new experiential learning projects and work placements for students
  • Various locations for the carefully selected book and non-print collections – our modernized library will feature both print collections and modern and expanding digital resources
  • Three research centres: Trent Centre for Aging and Society; Indigenous Environmental Studies Research Centre; Canadian Environmental Modelling Centre
  • Two visualization labs – many disciplines are engaging with art and technology through new mediums, such as gaming, and Trent's new lab will allow for the creation of more sophisticated visualization tools – including virtual realities, 3D printing – for teaching and research
  • Critical Making Studio will give students, faculty, and librarians access to the tools they need in order to produce objects that will assist their research, teaching, and learning
  • Educational design research studio to support faculty across all disciplines in learning about and implementing the most recent developments in higher education teaching practice
  • A presentation practice room - a space where students can prepare, create and practice presentations for seminars and classes with their peers, or independently 
  • A wide selection of interactive student spaces (group and individual) to promote social engagement and collaborative learning - spaces like this are central to modern libraries
  • Design elements to promote environmental sustainability, including a green wall

All Library Services & Resources will be Available Throughout Transformation

To repurpose, refresh and modernize all public areas of the Bata Library, including a complete overhaul of environmental, heating and electrical systems, and to meet the federal government’s timelines for funding the project, the building will be closed from May 1, 2017 to May 1, 2018. Although news of the building’s closure for renovations has caused some concerns, a dedicated team at the University is working hard to ensure all students, faculty and staff will continue to have access to collections, as well as information and research support services. Full information on the following plans will be shared as soon as they are available:

  • PRINT COLLECTION: The integration of a carefully deselected collection of Bata Library’s current print holdings will be a key feature of the newly transformed Bata Library. About 50% of the Bata Library’s current print holdings will return when the building reopens. Priority will be given to materials that: respond to current and identified future needs for teaching, learning and research; historically important and unique collections; materials where dependable alternate formats (e.g. digital or microform) are not available; items which are only available at Trent; and more. The revitalization of the library will ensure Trent’s digital and physical collections are preserved, while improving access to the world’s knowledge, and ensuring our library services respond to the rapidly changing needs of students, faculty and our community.
  • ACCESS TO THE STACKS: For the duration of the renovations, the library’s specialized collections, such as archives and rare books, maps, and microforms, along with the equipment and space needed to consult them, will be temporarily moved to an off-campus, downtown location at the former Shoppers Drug Mart store (225 Charlotte St.), fully accessible by all members of the Trent community by public transportation. The circulating collections on floors 3 and 4 will be placed in a second off-campus location. Clients will be able to request books needed through TOPCAT, the library catalogue, and the requested items will be delivered to an on-campus service point in the new Student Centre for pick-up.
  • OTHER LIBRARY SERVICES: On the Symons Campus, an on-campus service point will be open seven days a week, supporting the needs of students and faculty who frequent the main campus on a daily basis. Library materials ordered from the off-campus locations during the reconstruction will be transported to and from this service point. All current library services (e.g. book loans, interlibrary loans, research and instructional support, data and GIS support) will continue to be available. Access to all digital resources and collections, which accounts for over 90% of library resources regularly used by students, will NOT be affected by the temporary relocation of library services. All digital online resources will be available, as will the collections and services of the Archives and the Maps, Data and Government Information Centre (MaDGIC).
  • STUDY AND COLLABORATIVE SPACE: Also easing the transition during reconstruction, the new Student Centre, slated for opening in fall 2017, will be able to accommodate members of the Trent community looking for places to meet, study and collaborate on campus. Other spaces for contemplative study and interactive work are being identified at various locations around campus.

It’s an exciting time to be at Trent University. We invite you to stay tuned and check back to this website for further updates and developments on our library of the future.

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Earlier Event: March 29
Spring Meal
Later Event: March 31
Youth Project Launch & Open House