Bata Li­brary to use tem­po­rary down­town lo­ca­tion dur­ing ren­o­va­tions

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Trent Uni­ver­sity’s land­mark Bata Li­brary will be closed to users for a year start­ing on May 1 for the $18-mil­lion ren­o­va­tion project that will create the new Bata Re­search and In­no­va­tion Clus­ter.

To al­low stu­dents and staff to have ac­cess to the li­brary’s col­lec­tions for the year, the uni­ver­sity will re­lo­cate the re­sources to two off-cam­pus lo­ca­tions, one in down­town Peter bor­ough and another close to Trent’s Sy­mons Cam­pus in the city’s north end.

It’s sim­i­lar to what the city did last year by open­ing a tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion of the Peter­bor­ough Pub­lic Li­brary down­stairs at Peter­bor­ough Square for the ren­o­va­tions that are con­tin­u­ing at the main branch on Aylmer Street.

The Bata 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 the down­town lo­ca­tion, with stu­dents and staff with­out ve­hi­cles be­ing en­cour­aged to use tran­sit.

Trent has not an­nounced what the down­town lo­ca­tion is.

But Paul Wil­son, a for­mer city coun­cil­lor and Trent ath­let­ics di­rec­tor, says the lo­ca­tion will be the for­mer Shop­pers Drug Mart store at Aylmer and Char­lotte streets that is cur­rently va­cant and up for lease and now owned by Seven Hills Devel­op­ment.

The cir­cu­lat­ing col­lec­tions on the third and fourth floors of the Bata Li­brary will be tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cated to the sec­ond lo­ca­tion near the Sy­mons Cam­pus.

Trent also has not dis­closed that lo­ca­tion, although Trent’s board of gov­er­nors dis­cussed the plan at their last meet­ing Feb. 3.

Trent’s new Stu­dent Cen­tre is slated to open in the fall and will pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive place for stu­dents to meet, study and col­lab­o­rate on cam­pus while the Bata Li­brary is be­ing ren­o­vated.

Trent has re­ceived $8.1 mil­lion in fed­eral and pro­vin­cial fund­ing, along with do­na­tions, for the planned $18-mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion of the Bata Li­brary.

Un­der the project, the first two floors of the Bata Li­brary, a 50-year-old fa­cil­ity de­signed by ar­chi­tect Ron Thom, will be trans­formed into the Bata Re­search and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre.

Once com­pleted there will be no more stacks on those floors, mean­ing the li­brary’s book col­lec­tion will be re­duced by about 50 per cent, uni­ver­sity of­fi­cials ex­plained when the project was first an­nounced.

In­stead, there will be study and meet­ing spa­ces ded­i­cated to spe­cific ar­eas of re­search: one for en­trepreneur­ship, for in­stance, another for re­search on age­ing, and another for in­dige­nous stud­ies.

The Bata Li­brary is slated to re­open May 1, 2018.

If the ren­o­va­tions were done in stages to al­low the pub­lic to still use the li­brary, the uni­ver­sity es­ti­mates it would take an ex­tra year to do the ren­o­va­tions.

The pro­jected cost of the ren­o­va­tions in­creased to $18 mil­lion from the orig­i­nal es­ti­mate of $14 mil­lion be­cause of de­ferred main­te­nance is­sues that need to be ad­dressed dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions.

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