Using the Libraries
Learn more about borrowing and account information, study spaces, printing, technologies and research tools we have to offer our UM community.
Not a current student, staff or faculty member?
Each of the UM libraries have designated spaces both for quiet individual study or for group study or work. Contact the service desk at any of our library locations to learn more.
Group study rooms
Absolutely no food or drink is allowed in group study rooms.
Face masks must be worn at all times.
Some libraries have group study rooms that can be booked in advance for up to two hours.
- There is a minimum of 2 students to use a study room.
- You must have your UM student card and the booking PIN to access the room.
Only UM students may use group study rooms.
- Room bookings will be cancelled if they are not claimed within 15 minutes of the start time. If you will not be able to make it, cancel your booking in advance here.
Group study room locations
|Fort Garry Campus||Group study rooms available|
|Elizabeth Dafoe Library||3|
|Sciences and Technology Library||4|
|Other bookable study rooms on campus|
|Agriculture (66 Dafoe Road)||3|
|Engineering (EITC E3)||3|
|Bannatyne Campus||Group study rooms available|
|Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library||11|
How to book at the study room's touchpad
For an immediate time slot
- Touchpad – touch the Booking availability button
- Touch the top time slot
- Swipe card and enter the room
For a time later in the day
- Touchpad – touch the Booking availability button
- Use the Up/Down arrows to find a time slot
- Touch the time slot you want
- Swipe card
- Confirmation email with a PIN will be sent to your @myumanitoba.ca email.
How to enter room now with a PIN
- Swipe student card at booked time
- Enter pin number that was sent to you by email
Long-term student study space
Elizabeth Dafoe Library has two rooms located on the second and third floors with study carrels available for long-term use.
UM graduate students and President’s Scholars can apply to reserve a semi-private study space.
Granting of study space is dependent upon availability.
Locations and facilities
Room 239, 2nd Floor
- Contains 16 study carrels & 30 lockers.
- Carrels are unassigned; lockers are assigned upon application approval.
Room 301, 3rd Floor
- Contains cubicles, each with a desk, drawers, and bookshelf.
- Cubicles are assigned upon application approval.
Computers, labs, Wi-Fi
A limited number of desktop computers are available to use at each of our library locations.
Campus Wi-Fi networks can also be accessed using laptops and other mobile devices anywhere in the libraries.
Library computer labs are open to students at select locations when not in use for instruction.
UM students may borrow a laptop from the lending locker at the Elizabeth Dafoe Library on the entrance level across from the Brown Lab. The loan period is 4 hours.
Print, scan, photocopy
- Printing is available in open libraries.
- You can print from your own device or use one of the Libraries' computers.
- Your library print account is associated with your UMNetID (student card).
- To print you will need to add funds to your Library Print account. You can login and manage your Library Print account online, from anywhere, at any time.
- Flatbed scanners are available in most libraries.
- There is no cost for scanning.
Borrowing and account information
Using your library account
All regular University of Manitoba students, faculty, and staff are given a personal library account and have access to library collections.
Sign in to your account to:
- Request physical items that are available in the Libraries' collection.
- Access online resources such as databases and eBooks.
- View and make changes to items you currently have checked out, such as renew physical books.
- Save item records to the "My Favorites" list when using Library Search, allowing you to access this content at a later time.
- Check account balance and pay fines.
For more information about signing into and using your account, watch our video.
Library borrowing privileges, such as the number of items you can checkout or request, will depend on your user group (Faculty/Staff, Student, Alumni, etc.).
All libraries have self-checkout kiosks that you can use to borrow library materials.
Try the Self-Checkout app
UM Libraries Self-Checkout app also allows you to checkout materials using your personal device from wherever you are in the library.
If the self-checkout kiosk in your location is not working, and library staff are unavailable, please use the app.
Students living outside of Winnipeg and enrolled in the following areas are eligible for off-campus mailing services:
- Distance and Online Learning
- Distance Delivery Social Work Program
- Certificate Programs
- Graduate Students
- Campus Manitoba
For current students living within Canada (excluding Winnipeg), materials will be distributed with a postage-paid return label.
If you are studying outside of Canada, however, it’s your responsibility to cover return postage fees.
Accessibility is incredibly important to the Libraries.
Where the use of our library facilities and services are difficult or impossible for people with disabilities, we will accommodate users to examine sources, retrieve materials, and access services.
Digital tools for using the libraries
These tools can make your online research easier and more pleasant.