Collections Overview

The UWinnipeg Library collection is designed to support the University's teaching, learning, and research activities. Our mission is to develop a sustainable body of knowledge and cultural resources that benefit our campus and community. Read more about our collection areas below.

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Main Teaching and Research Collection

The largest portion of our collection consists of the resources required for student and faculty research. This represents over a million digital and print books, thousands of scholarly journal titles, over 350 databases, the reference collection, and a growing pool of streaming media. These resources are selected  to support course offerings and research priorities, and they evolve based on the scholarly interests of our institution. The vast majority can be accessed via our catalogue (WorldCat Discovery) on our homepage.


UW Knowledge Repositories and Hosted Journals

The Library preserves and disseminates scholarly publications, theses, datasets, and other outputs produced by UWinnipeg-affliated scholars. This includes the WinnSpace Institutional Repository and our thesis collection, as well as an upcoming repository of research data developed by UWinnipeg authors. It also includes several UWinnipeg scholarly journals hosted through the library.


Special Collections

We have a number of special collections consisting of unique or custom-curated items to address UWinnipeg specialities, such as our dramatic works collection, rare book collection, or the children's picture book collection. This category also includes unique collections gifted to the University by generous donors, such as the Eckhardt Gramatté Library.


Archives and Cultural Collections

The Library a administers a suite of cultural preservation units that includes the Archives, Art Gallery, Anthropology Museum, and the Oral History Centre. These programs provide stewardship of collections that support UWinnipeg teaching, research, and service mandates, institutional memory, and the needs of our stakeholder communities.


Requests, Donations, and Subject Specialists

Our collections are managed by librarians and archivists assigned to each discipline. Contact one of our subject specialists if you have acquisition requests, require assistance, or wish to discuss donations to the collection.