UM Libraries physical spaces and collections are currently for use by UM students, faculty, and staff only. We look forward to providing UM alumni and members of the public with access to spaces and collections as COVID restrictions ease. Check this page for the most current information updates.

Hours and spaces

Locations and hours

Due to COVID restrictions, only the following libraries are open for individual study space:

Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Fort Garry Campus 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library, Bannatyne Campus
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday 
Note: Access to Bannatyne campus is limited to only those with swipe card access.

Archives & Special Collections
The Archives Reading Room is closed due to COVID restrictions. Contact Archives for research assistance. For more updates, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram at: @umarchives

Print, scan, photocopy

Please inquire at the Service Desk about printing, scanning and photocopying.

Study rooms

Study rooms are not available at this time due to COVID restrictions.

Get library materials

Only students, faculty and staff may request physical library materials.

Get print materials

Get print materials from UM Libraries by delivery to a pickup locker or by requesting a scan table of contents, a portion of a book, or other publication.

Access materials

Cancelled request? Contact your subject liaison librarian or Ask Us chat for further assistance.

Get materials NOT in UM Libraries collection

E-books and online resources, including HathiTrust

Access full-text books and articles online

  1. Enter relevant keywords in the library search box to find desired material. Click Search.

  1. On the search results page, make sure you sign in iconSign in to get a complete list of items, and to enable access to online resources.
  1. Items that are available online will have a Full text available link located under the item's description.*


  • To view more more information about the item, click on the title.
  • To get full text access to the item, click on the Full text available link.

*Note: HathiTrust Digital Library's full text materials will have a link entitled "Full Text Available at HathiTrust" instead. The procedure for accessing these materials differs from most other electronic resources. Please see the section below for instructions.

  1. If only one of our licensed databases has the item, you will be directed to the full text of the item automatically. However, if the item is available via multiple databases, a new window will appear where you can choose your preferred database.
  • When choosing a database, ensure that it offers access to the volume/year you wish to view.
  • Each database will have unique options for viewing and downloading its material. 
  • Each book or journal will allow a different number of users to access the item at one time.


Items from the HathiTrust Digital Library

The HathiTrust Digital Library makes it possible for UM students, staff and faculty to obtain access to digitized versions of some of the physical books held in the UM Libraries. While HathiTrust's repository contains millions of titles, our access to licensed content is limited to items that are owned by the University of Manitoba. However, they offer a virtual treasure trove of open source content as well.


  • Do not use the Full Text Online filter - Unlike other e-books, HathiTrust's digitized copies do not appear as full text resources because their links are embedded in our corresponding print records.
  • Number of concurrent users - the number of users who can access HathiTrust's digitized copies at one time will correspond to the number of print copies that the UM Libraries has in the collection. If you cannot immediately access the full-text of an item, try again later.
  • Loan period and renewal - HathiTrust's items may be checked out for 1 hour. Your loan will be extended automatically, provided nobody else attempts to view the item while it is checked out to you. Once someone else tries to view the book, your access will be cut off at the end of the hour.
    1. Click on the Full Text Available at HathiTrust link that is located in the catalogue record.


    1. Once you are in HathiTrust, click on Log In

    1. Select the University of Manitoba from the list of partner institutions. Click Continue.

    1. A University of Manitoba window will pop up. Login with your UM email address and password.

    1. Scroll to the bottom of the HathiTrust record and click the Temporary Access link.



    1. A notice will appear indicating that the item is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service. Click Check Out to view the full text of the item.

    1. Hooray!  You did it.  You will now have full text access to the item for one hour.
    • Renewals: Your loan will be extended automatically, provided nobody else attempts to view the item while it is checked out to you. Once someone else tries to view the book, your access will be cut off at the end of the hour.  You may attempt to access the item at a later time.


    Please Ask Us!

    We pride ourselves in getting back to you quickly, but it may take up to 3 business days, depending on the volume of requests.

    IMPORTANT: Please read all the email notifications we send to you, as they contain important information about your request and will save you time.

    Get help

    Ask Us

    Use our Ask Us online chat service to ask any questions you have. Check our Ask Us hours.

    Subject librarians

    Our Ask Us chat service is available to offer help.

    Learn at the Libraries

    Visit our Learn at the Libraries for help with academic writing, how to search the library, evaluating resources, and writing citations. Sections of the website can also be integrated into online courses. Click here for more information.

    Online workshops

    Scheduled workshops and events may be affected by the University of Manitoba Faculty Association strike.

    Watch our instructional videos for additional help.

    Subject guides and help videos

    Access to subject guides is limited at this time.

    Watch our help videos for additional help.

    Archives and special collections

    Archives is currently closed.

    Information Services and Technology (IST) and accounts

    Access to library resources frequently requires your UMnetID.

    Your UM student photo ID card is your library card. Learn about UM Photo Identification Cards

    For any other information technology issues, contact IST for help.

    Returning materials and due dates

    Where to return UM and document delivery materials

    Fort Garry Campus

    • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, foyer return slot
      25 Chancellors Circle entrance
    • Elizabeth Dafoe Library, return bin outside main entrance
      25 Chancellors Circle
    • Sciences & Technology Library return slot
      211 Machray Hall

    There is one free 15-minute UM Libraries parking stall in front of Elizabeth Dafoe Library (N lot) reserved for library pickups/drop offs at the Fort Garry

    Parking map

    Bannatyne Campus

    • Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library return bin
      Mezzanine (2nd floor) level, Brodie Centre Atrium, 727 McDermot Ave.

    *Access to this location is limited to those with swipe access to the building.

    By mail

    Elizabeth Dafoe Library
    25 Chancellor Circle
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

    Due dates

    Beginning August 16, 2021, fines are being reinstated.

    • Materials borrowed prior to December 31, 2020 will be renewed to have a due date of December 16, 2021.
    • Materials borrowed after December 31, 2020 already include standard loan and renewal periods.

    Should you receive a recall notice, you will have 7 days to return the material before fines are incurred.

    Check our loan terms and fines.

    If you have any difficulty, Ask Us!

    Late fees

    Beginning August 16, 2021, fines are being reinstated.

    Check our loan terms and fines.

    Returns for outside institutions

    We are now accepting returns from outside institutions.

    Materials we have on loan from other institutions: We are consulting the Interlibrary Loans/Relais list to confirm returns of print materials. If you have indicated that you are accepting returns, we will be sending them as they are returned to us.

    If your institution is not on that list, and you want materials returned, please contact Document Delivery.

    We may also be contacting you to check if we can return items.

    Faculty support

    Streaming video requests

    Please submit requests for streaming videos to your Subject Liaison Librarian as soon as possible.

    In order to comply with the Canadian Copyright Act, the Libraries will try to obtain an educational streaming license for requested films. If no educational license is available, but the film is offered on one or more personal streaming services (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, etc.), we will not be able to procure the film.

    The Libraries may be able to create a digital copy of a film from a DVD or VHS, however, the following criteria must be met:

    • The streaming film is unavailable from any commercial source (including personal streaming services)
    • Permission to digitize a VHS/DVD has been granted by the copyright owner;
      • or, no copyright owner has been located and all efforts at securing permission have failed.

    This process requires rigorous copyright research and can take several weeks. Digitizing videos also takes additional time. Please note that if you would like a video you own to be digitized, it will be subject to a seven-day quarantine period, just like other items returned to the library.

    Once a video has been digitized, the file will be uploaded to the Libraries’ streaming video service provider. Your subject liaison librarian will send you a secure link and a copyright statement; you can then post the link and copyright statement in UM Learn so that only students in your course will be able to access the streaming video. The original DVD/VHS copy must not be used while the streaming version is available to your students.

    Links to streaming films must be removed from UM Learn at the end of the course. If you wish to use the video in another session, please submit a new request to your Subject Liaison Librarian.

    Reading Lists and Course Reserves

    Physical course reserves are not available for Winter 2022 term.

    Reading Lists is a multi-purpose tool in UM Learn that instructors can use to share all course readings with students from a single point of access.

    Through a single point of access, instructors can request library material for a course (digitized material or print course reserves) and add resources directly, including content from:

    • the Libraries’ collection
    • websites
    • images
    • videos
    • lecture slides
    • and more

    Instructors can request a digitized copy of a portion of a printed item (chapter or 10% or less of a work) or article through Reading Lists in UM Learn.

    Learn more about Reading Lists and Course Reserves

    Electronic textbooks

    Librarians are available to help faculty find an electronic version of a textbook, or a suitable alternative. We will add the e-textbook to the Libraries' collection so that all your students can access it.

    Ask us to check to see if an electronic version of your print textbook is available or get more information about electronic textbook availability.

    Open educational resources (OER)

    Open educational resources teaching resources are available in a variety of formats that have an open copyright license and allow anyone to use, adapt and share them as needed.


    If you have any questions concerning the use of copyright materials in an online course or adding them to UM Learn contact the UM Copyright Office directly. You can also consult the copyright guidelines here.

    Data management and knowledge mobilization

    Online services for researchers are still available. Check our Faculty and Researcher Help page for details.

    Contact us

    Libraries Administration
    25 Chancellors Circle
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada