Reciprocal Borrowing & Affiliated Institutions

UM Borrowers


UM faculty, staff and students may register for borrowing privileges at many institutions in Manitoba.

Assiniboine Community College

Red River College

Brandon University

Steinbach Bible College

Canadian Mennonite University

University of Winnipeg

Keewatin Community College

William and Catherine Booth Bible College

Providence College

St. Andrew’s College


University College of the North

 To borrow at one of the Manitoba institutions listed above UM borrowers must present a valid UM photo ID card.


UM Libraries participates in the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA).  This agreement provides UML students, faculty and staff with free borrowing privileges at participating libraries that are members of the following consortia:

              COPPUL               Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries

              OCUL                     Ontario Council of University Libraries

              BCI                         Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire (formerly CREPUQ)

              CAUL                     Council of Atlantic University Libraries

To borrow at another Canadian post-secondary institution UM borrowers must first obtain a COPPUL card with an expiry date available at any UM library service desk. 

Borrowing privileges and regulations vary from institution to institution.  For instance, undergraduates may borrow from most but not all Canadian university libraries.  The University of Toronto Library policy for visiting faculty, staff and students is more restrictive. 


UM faculty members visiting universities outside of Canada should consult with their liaison librarian to determine what services might be available. 

Borrowers from Participating Institutions

Borrowers visiting the UM Libraries from another Manitoba institution as listed above, or with a COPPUL card are registered as OA users.  The expiry date will be determined by the unit library but will not exceed one year.  As OA users these borrowers are not entitled to borrow from reserve collections although individual units may use their discretion.

Individuals presenting themselves without any association as described above, including those from universities or other academic institutions, are not entitled to loan privileges but may use resources on site.