BATA TRANSFORMATION: LIBRARY OF THE FUTURE
Trent University’s iconic Bata Library is currently undergoing an amazing revitalization and transformation.
Fueled by a recent $8.1 million funding injection from the federal and provincial governments, as well as University contributions, the Bata Library is undergoing a 18 million transformation into a library of the future – and home to the new Bata Research and Innovation Cluster.
Recognizing the 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 the library services respond to the rapidly changing needs of students and faculty
Construction of the Bata Library began in 1967 and it was officially opened by Thomas J. Bata on September 6, 1969. This beautiful building is the centrepiece of the university campus and reflects in large measure the vision and philosophy of its architect, Ron Thom (1923-1986). While the campus was to be decentralized and comprised of a number of discrete colleges, the library was situated so as to form the focal point, the intellectual heart of the university. Members of the architect's planning team visited libraries at Brandeis, Yale, Harvard and M.I.T. before designing this beautiful Modernist building. The walls of Bata are exposed-aggregate rubble and concrete which Thom saw as matching closely the stone outcroppings of the area. We are at THE HIDI GROUP are super excited to be part of this amazing project.