Sadleir House Library

The Sadleir House Library is a general academic library located in Room 107. Our collection is comprised mostly of donated items, however some purchases are made possible through grants and fundraising efforts. While general in scope, the Sadleir House Library focuses on collecting works in the following areas: Higher Education philosophy, history, and criticism (with particular focus on the residential college model), community building & engagement, and Victorian & Modern architecture.

Special Collections

Sharing space with the Sadleir House Library is the Alternative Resource Library (ARL). The ARL collection was established by OPIRG Peterborough, the Trent Queer Collective, and the Centre for Gender & Social Justice (formerly the Trent Women's Centre). This collection focuses on feminist theory, environmental issues, cultural theory, politics, and other areas of social justice.
The Have You Seen... Collection of DVDs numbers over 1200 items ranging from documentaries to art-house to international films. This collection was established in 2012 through overwhelming community support.
We are also home to the Theatre Trent Collection. Established through a grant from Theatre Trent, this collection is comprised of works related to theatre production techniques such as lighting, sound, costuming, stage craft, script analysis, & directing.
Launched in the Fall of 2012, the Sadleir House Centre for Pixel Culture is the most recent addition to our special collections. The Centre for Pixel Culture is dedicated to the preservation, collection, study, and appreciation of video games and related ephemera as important cultural texts. Through talks, seminars, and curated play exhibitions, the Centre for Pixel Culture encourages interaction with these pixel texts and promotes recognition of the video game medium..

Using the Sadleir House Library & Library Services

Anyone can borrow materials from the library. To get a library card, photo ID and confirmation of address (i.e. ID or mail) are required.
The Sadleir House Library provides a quiet space to read and study. Visitors can often use the adjoining lecture hall area for studying, or use the Sadleir House Senior Common Room.
The Sadleir House Library also provides computer and internet access through the Community Access Programme. Wireless internet is available throughout the library and all of Sadleir House.
Loan Periods:
Books: 3 weeks, 8 max.
DVDs: 1 week, 3 max.
Games & Periodicals: Not for Loan
Late Fines:
Books: 5¢ per day
DVDs: 25¢ per day

The Library is volunteer run and hours vary based on volunteer schedules. A set of regular hours are posted on the Sadleir House website and the ALTi catalogue. The Library can also be open on request to staff whenever Sadleir House is open, or by making an appointment by contacting

Supporting the Sadleir House Library

You can help support the Sadleir House Library in many ways:
Volunteer to help keep the library open, help shelve and catalogue materials, or help promote us!
If you shop on, use our special portal where we get a small percentage of sales that we use to buy new materials.
Donations are also welcome. Whether it’s books, finances, DVDs, or just your time your contribution is always welcome. Sadleir House is a registered charity and can issue tax receipts in most cases.

The ALTi Project

The Sadleir House Library is a member of the Alternative Libraries @ Trent initiative (ALTi). ALTi exists to raise awareness of the various library and information resources available in the Trent community by hosting an online catalogue of various libraries throughout the community.

Click Here to access the Sadleir House Library catalogue online via ALTi