Trent University has changed its plan, regarding one of the two temporary library locations it will use for a year while Bata Library is under renovation.
Trent had planned to use the empty former Giant Tiger building on Lakefield Rd. to house all its books, and the empty Shoppers Drug Mart downtown for all its reference materials.
But Giant Tiger is no longer part of the plan: Trent will use an empty warehouse at 2109 Whittington Dr., instead.
That’s in Cavan Monaghan Township, just northwest of Fleming College.
Students won’t be expected to find their way there to check out books, though. The warehouse will be for staff only.
It will work like this: students look up books they’d like to borrow, from a computer database on campus and then make a request.
Next, librarians at the warehouse will put those books on a shuttle van for delivery to Trent’s campus.
Robert Clarke, the university librarian, said Trent decided to drop the Giant Tiger location because it wasn’t going to be available on time.
Bata Library is expected to close for renovations for a year, starting May 1 – and the books needed to move out following exams, during the last week of April.
If Giant Tiger wasn’t going to be available then, Clarke said other arrangements had to be made.
A search led to a new warehouse on Whittington Dr. that was available immediately. Trent takes occupancy April 1.
Clarke said the Whittington Dr. location is better than Giant Tiger because it’s brand new and all on one level (there are two floors at the Giant Tiger building).
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