Trent University is donating 250,000 books to be digitized by Internet Archive

Part of Trent's Bata Library transformation, books will be available to online readers worldwide

Design concept of the transformed Bata Library when completed. Around 90 per cent of the construction and renovation process has been completed to date, when the library scheduled to re-open in phases in the fall of 2018. As part of the transformation, Trent University is donating 250,000 books to the Internet Archive to be digitized as part of the organization's Open Libraries project. (Illustration: Trent University)
Design concept of the transformed Bata Library when completed. Around 90 per cent of the construction and renovation process has been completed to date, when the library scheduled to re-open in phases in the fall of 2018. As part of the transformation, Trent University is donating 250,000 books to the Internet Archive to be digitized as part of the organization's Open Libraries project. (Illustration: Trent University)

The Bata Library at Trent University is donating 250,000 books to the Internet Archive to be digitized and preserved for easy access by all students and future generations.

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies, and music, as well as 338 billion archived web pages. The Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project aims to bring four million books online, through purchase or digitization, while honouring the rights of creators and expanding their online reach.

The Open Libraries project with the Internet Archive allows Trent University to make more space for innovative new spaces and technologies in the refurbished Bata Library, opening this fall.

“Trent is extremely pleased to partner with the Internet Archive to share and preserve an important part of the Bata Library’s rich print collections,” says university librarian Robert Clarke, university librarian.

The donation of books for digitization will allow Trent University students and faculty to continue to have access to resources once held at the Bata Library and, at the same time, will provide access to readers worldwide through the Open Libraries’ controlled lending program.

“We are pleased to partner with Trent University on this fantastic donation,” says Chris Freeland, director of Open Libraries. “These materials will help round out our research collections, and while they may have had limited circulation in physical form, our experience shows that these books will find new audiences once they have been made easily discoverable and usable online.”

The transformed Bata Library will include an entrepreneurship and social innovation centre, visualization labs, research centres, makerspace, interactive student spaces, a living wall, and much more.

For more information, visit www.trentu.ca/batatransformation/

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