Using the Libraries
Learn more about borrowing and account information, study spaces and technologies we have to offer. Information on this page applies to current undergraduate students, graduate students, staff and faculty members at the University of Manitoba unless otherwise specified.
Not a current student, staff or faculty member?
Each of the libraries have space designated for quiet study or group work. Contact the service desk at any of our library locations to learn more. Some libraries have group study rooms that can be reserved for one hour periods in advance. To reserve a study room you will need your University of Manitoba ID (UMnet ID) and password.
Study room locations
|Fort Garry Campus Libraries||Study rooms available|
|Elizabeth Dafoe Library||3|
|Sciences and Technology Library||4|
|William R. Newman Agriculture Library||3|
|Albert D. Cohen Management Library||3|
|Donald W. Craik Engineering Library||3|
|Bannatyne Campus||Study rooms available|
|Neil John Maclean Health Sciences Library||11|
Computers, labs, and 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. Follow the links to see what computers are currently in use and the software available.
Open computer labs
Computer labs for instructional use only
Scan and print
COVID notice: Currently printing is not available in the Libraries. We anticipate being able to offer it sometime this Fall.
The libraries have flatbed scanners at most locations as well as printers that can be used for a fee. You can print from your own device or use one of the Libraries' computers. To print you will need to upload funds to your student or staff ID card at one of our charging stations and then use your ID card to pay for print requests. Please note, printing cards from the UMSU Copy Centre cannot be used for printing at the Libraries.
Borrowing and library 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.
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.).
Course reserves and requests
Physical items in the Libraries’ collection can be placed on reserve so that they are available to all students within a specific course. To look up a current reserve item in Library Search and get more information about how to find it, search by course code, item title or author(s).
Requests for course reserves must be completed by the individual(s) teaching the course. For information on making general requests (or placing holds) for items such as books and articles, please see here.
Due dates and returns
Reciprocal borrowing allows University of Manitoba faculty, staff and students to check out items from other institutions within the province, country or internationally. In some cases, borrowing privileges may also be available to individuals visiting the University of Manitoba.
The University of Manitoba Libraries' Document Delivery department allows faculty, staff and students at the University to request items from other institutions through interlibrary loan. Electronic items are usually available within 2 to 5 working days, while physical books require more time. Patrons will be notified via email when an item is ready.
Information for other institutions
Items from the University of Manitoba Libraries may also be available to those at other institutions. Individual patrons will have to contact their library staff, as they are responsible for initiating all item requests.
Information for special user groups
Learn more about borrowing privileges and library services for other user groups such as alumni, ICM students and the general public.
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.
Digital tools for using the libraries
These tools can make your online research easier and more pleasant.