Chatelaine Names Bata one of the “Coolest Libraries in Canada”

Students sit on the grass outside of Bata Library.Chatelaine has included Trent University's Bata Library as one of the "15 coolest libraries in Canada."

"Legendary Canadian architect Ron Thom designed the Bata Library with the surrounding nature in mind. The light-filled building overlooks the Otonabee River, and is made from a rough-hewn concrete that Thom thought would complement surrounding stone outcroppings."

Here's the thing: As gorgeous as Bata is, it 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.

You can read all about the changes here.

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