Due to the campus closure, microforms and microform readers are currently unavailable.



The UWinnipeg Library microform collection consists of microcards, microfiche, and microfilm and is accessible by request only. Microform requests are only available to patrons with valid UWinnipeg Library cards (a UW ID card or 14-digit barcode). Individuals who are not affiliated with UWinnipeg may either acquire a special borrower card, use microforms in house during business hours, or request materials through their home institution's interlibrary loan service.


What are microforms?

Microforms are scaled-down photographs of documents made for long term, stable preservation. Before the widespread availability of digital formats, microforms allowed for large quantities of newspapers, journals, and other documents to be stored without taking up lots of space. Users can magnify and read microforms using special machines called microform readers. Readers with scanning capabilities can make digital copies in more accessible formats, like PDF.


Requesting Copies of Microforms

Patrons may use the microform request form (currently unavailable) to order a PDF copy of microform content, provided the content falls within copyright guidelines. Requests are generally filled in 1-2 business days and will be sent via email.


Borrowing Microforms

Microforms are available for a one day loan and must be ordered through the microform request form (currently unavailable). You will receive an email notification when your material is ready to pick up at the circulation desk, typically within 1-2 business days. Items will be held for three days, and a library card (UW ID card) is required for check out.


Microform Readers

The UWinnipeg Library has two microform readers with scanning capability located in the Archives on the 5th floor. These readers are available for use Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, by appointment or drop-in. You may bring your own microforms or ask staff to pull material from the UWinnipeg collection during your visit. Staff can help you get set up on the readers and assist with basic troubleshooting. To book an appointment, please email Archives Public Service Coordinator Daniel Matthes at



Copies and Borrowing


Microform Readers

Daniel Matthes,