Winter Service Information

Last Update: 2021/11/29

The Library has resumed in-person services for UWinnipeg students, staff, and faculty. See below for details on what services are available and what to expect in the Library. All protocols are subject to change as the public health situation evolves; check here, or follow the library on Twitter and Instagram for timely updates.

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Hours of Operation

The Library will return to normal hours for the winter term, and resume evening/weekend service. Fall hours remain in place until the Winter Break. View the Library Hours page for full details, including holiday exceptions.

Note: Campus access remains restricted to UWinnipeg students, staff, and faculty. This includes the Library.

Health, Safety, and Facility Access

Library visitors are subject to all University health policies and procedures. Visit the University's Health and Safety FAQ for full information about campus access policies, masking requirements, and the vaccination mandate/registration process.

Masks, Movement, and Distancing

Masks are required in all campus buildings, and the Library is a shared, high-traffic area. We ask all Library visitors to practice patience, courtesy, and respectful distancing in our space. Movement, distancing, and queuing modifications should be expected throughout the Library, and these arrangements are subject to change as the public health situation evolves.

In addition to the University's Respectful Working and Learning Environment policy, all users are required conduct themselves in a manner supportive to research and study, not interfere with the effective delivery of library services or obstruct access for others, and contribute to a clean and safe physical space. Patrons are asked be mindful of their presence and consider the way their behaviour may impact or appear to others.

Mezzanines 

The 5th floor mezzanine lofts are currently closed - this is to reduce congestion in tight spaces and attenuate how many areas need to be monitored. 

Food and Beverages

Eating is prohibited in all Library public spaces until further notice. Beverages are permitted, and visitors may temporarily remove their masks between sips - masks must still worn when not drinking.

Service Status

Below is the current status of individual Library service areas, as well as links to more information. For general campus or health-related information, please check the University’s COVID-19 Page for regular updates.

✅ Archives

Hours of Operation

The University Archives has resumed normal operating hours of 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. 

Access to the Archives

While the Archives will be accepting walk-in visits from University of Winnipeg students, faculty and staff, capacity limits are in place so appointments are strongly encouraged. Contact archives@uwinnipeg.ca to determine if your request can be accommodated.

Visitors from outside the University community are permitted by appointment only.  Please email University Archivist and Digital Curator, Brett Lougheed, at b.lougheed@uwinnipeg.ca to arrange your visit.

Health and Safety

The University of Winnipeg has implemented a mask and vaccine mandate for everyone on campus. Additional precautions will be in place to protect the safety of our users and our staff including distancing, sanitization, and appropriate signage.  

Class Visits and Instruction

Onsite class or large group visits cannot be accommodated at this time but remote instructional requests are welcomed. 

Book An Appointment:

Contact archives@uwinnipeg.ca or 204-786-9162.

✅ Collections & Acquisitions

Print Collections

Browsing and general access to the stacks has resumed. This access may be changed or rescinded depending on how the public health situation evolves and its impact on library operations. 

We highly encourage use of the library Pickup Service to avoid disruptions or delays caused by changes to provincial or campus health policy, staff shortages, and quarantine policies. 

Electronic Alternatives and Course Material

We recommend that Faculty plan courses with flexibility in mind: For purchases and digital alternatives to print material, contact your liaison librarian or visit our COVID-19 resources page. We have a Scan on Demand service available for instructors who require excerpts from physical Library material, subject to applicable copyright policy. 

✅ Oral History Centre

The Oral History Centre is accessible by appointment only. Please note that masks and proof of vaccination are required to enter University of Winnipeg facilities and further safety protocols will be put in place to protect the safety of OHC Members and staff.

Equipment Loans

To schedule an appointment to use the lab or recording studio or to borrow equipment, please email Kent Davies at k.davies@uwinnipeg.ca

Consultations

OHC staff continue to be available for remote or in-person consultations by appointment only.

✅ Print Borrowing & Interlibrary Loans

Borrowing

Regular access to the stacks and print borrowing has resumed. This access may be changed or rescinded depending on how the public health situation evolves and resulting impact on library operations. 

We highly encourage use of the library Pickup and Scan on Demand services to avoid disruptions or delays caused by changes to provincial or campus health policy, staff shortages, and quarantine requirements.

Interlibrary Loans

We have resumed print ILL services. Note that item availability is subject to the lending institution's public health situation; some material may be delayed or simply unavailable. For more information, please visit the Interlibrary Loan page.

Returns and Due Dates

Per the term-based loan policy, all items borrowed during the Winter term will be due on April 15th unless renewed or recalled. Users do not need enter the library to return their materials: Books may be returned via either the dropbox located at the south entrance of Centennial Hall (near the security booth), or the slot located just outside the Library on the 4th floor. Items may also be returned by mail to the following address:

Circulation Department - Returns
UWinnipeg Library
4th Floor Centennial Hall
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

✅  Reference & Instruction Services

Reference Services

The reference desk is available for in-person consultations. Services may be changed or rescinded depending on how the public health situation evolves and its impact on library operations. 

Our full suite of research consultation services is available online. Students and Faculty are strongly encouraged to utilize remote options for undisrupted service and to reduce risk for everyone. Visit the Help with Research Page for a full list of options.

Library Instruction

Contact your subject librarian or submit an instruction request if you would like Library-related instruction for your course. In general we are able to accommodate both on-campus and remote instruction, but availability is made at the discretion of individual subject Librarians.

✅ Research, Scholarship, and Data Support Services

Services and consultations are available either in person or online: please contact a member of the Research and Scholarship Support team for more information.

✅ Reserves

Full Reserves service will resume for the Winter term, including print availability for all courses. 

Faculty are strongly encouraged to make early use of the Syllabus Service to ensure that students have access to materials for their courses. Contact reserves staff for assistance.

⚠️  Study Areas, Computers, and Zoom Spaces

Open Study Areas and Computer Workstations

We are making alterations to our seating and layout to build in distancing buffers and attenuate the flow of traffic. These modifications will be place and subject to change as the public health situation evolves.

Mezzanines 

The 5th floor mezzanine lofts are currently closed - this is to reduce congestion in tight areas and attenuate how many areas need to be monitored.

Zooming in the Library

Be advised that the Library’s labs are not equipped for audio or video conferencing, and Zoom is not available on the Library computers. Academic Scheduling has bookable carrels available for students who require a dedicated space for attending Zoom courses on campus.

Students are permitted to use the Library’s non-quiet areas to attend synchronous classes on their personal device, with headphones, where speaking is required. Areas reserved for quiet study can be used for asynchronous courses and lectures (with headphones) where no speaking is required. Please be mindful of your own noise level and respect those around you.

Bookable Study Rooms

Our bookable study rooms are available. Until further notice, capacity will be limited to 2 people per room. Availability and booking terms are subject to change as the public health situation evolves.

The Academic Scheduling office has bookable individual study spaces available for students with on-campus courses. Visit the room reservation website for more information.