Plan Your Visit

Last Update: 2022/05/12

Per current university health policy, masks are required in the library at all times.

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Getting to the Library

The library is situated on the 4th and 5th floors of Centennial Hall. The most common access point is through the south entrance of Centennial Hall near the security booth. Take the escalators or elevator up to the 4th floor and follow the signs that point to the Library. View our accessibility section for more information about library spaces and physical mobility.

Building Access

Access to Centennial Hall and all attached buildings is managed by campus security, not the library. The level of public access may vary depending on the time of day, academic term, or public health policies currently in place.

Alumni, Guest, and Visiting Researchers

Public access is currently available by appointment only. Please submit a visitor request form at least one day in advance. Requests submitted outside Library hours will be reviewed and approved the following business day.

Health and Safety

Masks are required in the library at all times, and food is prohibited until further notice.

Health Policies

On-campus visitors are required to comply with all applicable University policies. Please refer to the University's Health and Safety FAQ for information about campus access, masking requirements, and the vaccination registration process.

Safety and Security

The library is a big, complex space split between two floors and mezzanine areas. Many areas - in particular, the 5th floor stacks and study spaces - are far from staffed service points. Contact our staff before or when you arrive if you have questions, concerns, or need assistance.


In case of an emergency, contact campus security directly at 204.786.6666. You may also download the UW Safe App in advance for notifications, contact information, and quick access to services like Safe Walk/Ride.

Respectful Behaviour

Use of library spaces, equipment, and services is subject to all University policies that apply on campus. This includes, but is not limited to the UWinnipeg Respectful  EnvironmentSexual Violence Prevention Policy, and Information Technology Use policies. 

Disrespectful or disruptive behaviour toward library users or staff will result in removal from the library and possibly campus grounds.

Food and Beverages

Due to the current public health situation, all food is prohibited in the library until further notice. Lidded beverages are allowed. Please keep your area clean and report any spills to the library staff.

Floorplans, Maps and Sound Zones

Service points and most computer labs are located on the 4th floor; the majority of books and quiet areas are on the 5th floor. See our accessibility page for more information about mobility and library access. Staff are happy to help you navigate the space - just ask!

Library Floor Plans

Campus Maps

For more information about campus layout, accessibility, and parking, visit the University's campus maps page. The Library is located within Centennial Hall, which is labeled "C" on the campus map documents.

Sound Zones

The 5th floor is divided into three noise zones to ensure students can find a study environment that suits their needs. Want to study amongst friends?  The area at the top of the spiral stairs is our Collaborative Zone and will be perfect for you. Are you the type that doesn't’t mind a little background buzz? The Quiet Zone is a whispers-only individual study space. Need absolute silence? Venture deeper into the Library to find our Silent Zone. Use the link below to download a map of the 5th floor sound zones:

Sound Zones (PNG - View/Download)

Service Status

Below you will find live service availability by library department:

✅ Archives

The Archives is available for in-person research by appointment only; remote consultation is also available. Onsite class or group visits cannot be accommodated at this time.

Please contact the Archives ( or 204.786.9162) to arrange your visit.

✅ Collections & Acquisitions

Print Collections

Access to the stacks is available. The Library Pickup and Scan on Demand services continue to be available for faculty, students, and staff to obtain print material online.

Electronic Alternatives and Course Material

For purchases and digital alternatives to print material, contact your subject 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 currently closed to all visitors, and facilities and services are unavailable until further notice. OHC staff continue to be available for remote consultations.

✅ Print Borrowing & Interlibrary Loans


In-person print borrowing has resumed. Students, faculty, and staff can continue to use the Library Pickup Service to obtain print materials. We also have a Scan-On-Demand service available as an alternative to print, subject to applicable copyright restrictions. 

Interlibrary Loans

Print ILL service is available. 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 are 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

Library Reference Services are offered both remotely and in-person during the Spring/Summer term; visit the library hours page for current service availability. We encourage anyone who needs in-depth research assistance with library research to make an appointment with one of our librarians.

Please note that TSC does not have onsite support at this time; this may limit what kinds of technical assistance we can provide in-person.

Library Instruction

Remote instruction is available. Contact your subject librarian or submit an instruction request if you would like Library-related instruction for your course.

✅ Research, Scholarship, and Data Support Services

Remote services and consultations are available: please contact a member of the Research and Scholarship Support team for more information.

✅ Reserves

Support for both print and electronic material is available at this time. Course instructors should contact reserves staff if they have questions or require assistance.

⚠️  Study Areas, Computers, and Zoom Spaces

Study Spaces

Our current focus is providing individual study space for students. Group study rooms continue to be limited to 2 people at a time. Visitors should expect generally reduced capacity, social distancing rules, and adjustments to traffic flow that may be subject to change.

Zoom Classes 

Please be mindful of others when attending a remote class in the library. Use headphones, and ask staff to direct you to an appropriate spot if you expect to talk during a remote session.

Students who require on-campus study space outside of Library hours should refer to the University's Student Learning FAQ.