The University of Winnipeg Library has hundreds of thousands of books, articles, journals and more in our Collection. 


Most of our collections are accessed via our catalogue (WorldCat). It collects and organizes the books, articles, journals, DVDs, and more that we provide access to through the Library, as well as shows the books and articles available worldwide from other Libraries through our InterLibrary Lending. Our catalogue has a powerful search interface which can be used from anywhere, any time, and we have included some tips to make your searching more effective.


Databases are collections of organized content, including journals and articles, magazines, newspapers, and more. Some databases (like JSTOR and Academic Search Complete) are large collections of articles across different subjects, while others are focused on a specific area of study (like PubMed, PsychInfo, or Sociology Abstracts). These specialized databases can help make your searching easier, often by having ways of searching that are specific to your discipline. You can browse databases by subject from this page. Some databases offer the full text of articles right in the database, while others provide the abstract and a link to finding the article. We also provide databases of specific formats, such as newspapers, archival documents, government publications, and numeric data. To see these options, you can browse databases by content type. You can also search for a specific named database, or browse for it by the first letter of the database's name. Please note that the contents of most databases are available through using the main searchbox on our homepage.

Journals by Title

Academic journals are collections of articles on specific subjects (like the Harvard Business Review, the Modern Language Journal, or Nature). This page is a way to find the University of Winnipeg holdings of particular journals, either in print or online, by searching for journals by their title or subject. If you know the full title of a journal, you can either search for it or jump to titles beginning with that letter and browse. You can also search or browse for publications about a broad subject area. Available holdings will display under the journal title. Please note that if you are searching for particular articles, rather than the entire journal, this is available by using the main searchbox on our homepage.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection is a non-circulating selection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, directories, atlases, gazetteers, and bibliographies, and similar materials, chosen with an emphasis on providing ready access to information on disciplines taught at the University of Winnipeg. Many of our Reference materials are now available online.


The Library holds copies of theses written in the University of Winnipeg's Master's Program and Joint Master's Program from 1978 onward. The above search, which uses the classic catalogue, may be resorted by title or by date if desired. Some theses have been digitized and are available in Winnspace.

Media Collection

The Library's media collection is comprised of documentary and feature films, sound and spoken-word recordings and educational materials produced on compact disc. The collection currently numbers more than 2200 videocassettes, 1900 DVDs, and 150 sound recordings. Players are available in the Library for viewing VHS and DVD materials.

Media Services Department Slide Collection

Part of the University of Winnipeg Media Department's collection of photographs on slides has been digitized with funding from the Classics Department. Most of the digitized items pertain to classical art and architecture. - Stories of Canadian People and Culture featuring Louis Bird, Aboriginal Scholar & Storyteller

As part of and in conjunction with the Omushkego Oral History Project, Louis Bird, renowned Aboriginal scholar and storyteller, shares in Cree and in English a sampling of the stories of the Omushkegowak or "Swampy Cree" people of the Hudson and James Bay Lowlands of northern Manitoba and Ontario. Bird is from Peawanuck Ontario and has shared his stories with audiences throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. In addition to performing traditional Cree legends, mystery stories, and oral history, Bird has devoted three decades to documenting Cree oral traditions. He began making audiotape recordings of the stories told by his elders in 1965. Today, this collection comprises more than 340 hours of materials.

Archives and Records Centre

The Archives and Records Centre is located on the fifth floor of the Library, and collects primary materials related to the History of the University, as well as rare books. Our entrance is next to the elevator in Room 5C02.


Before digitization, saving materials to microfilm was an effective way to store large amounts of information. We provide access to these historical microfilm collections on request, and have microfilm readers which can be booked as well. 

Special Collections

The University of Winnipeg Library hosts a number of special collections from generous donors. 

WinnSpace Institutional Repository

 WinnSpace is the University of Winnipeg's Institutional Repository, a digital collection of the University's intellectual output. Published articles and papers from Faculty and students are gathered here, for easy access and discovery of University of Winnipeg based research and scholarship. The University of Winnipeg also hosts a number of scholarly journals.You can find more information about these journals and WinnSpace, as well as our digital preservation through LOCKSS, on our Scholarly Communications page.

Eckhardt Gramatté Library

The Eckhardt Gramatté Library contains the professional and personal library of the late Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1953-1974, as well as books owned by the composer and musician Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté and the German Expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. 

Collection Development

Collections are managed by subject Librarians for each area. If you have subject specific questions, or wish to discuss donations to the collection, please contact them.