COVID-19 Info


Last Update: 07/22/2021

The physical library facility is closed and all in-person library services have been moved to alternate delivery. Access to digital resources remains unaffected, and staff are working remotely to deliver most services online.

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Fall Hours of Operation

Beginning in September 2021, the Library will resume in-person services for UWinnipeg students, faculty, and staff. Hours of operation will be: Monday-Friday, 9AM-5PM for the duration of the fall term. Winter 2022 hours will be based on the public health situation in Manitoba and resulting campus response.

Health Policies 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, health and safety measures, and the #back2gether vaccination campaign.

As the Library is a shared, high-traffic area, we encourage mask wearing, patience, and respectful distancing in our space. Movement and queuing modifications should be expected throughout the Library and 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.

Service Status

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

⚠️ Study Spaces & Printing
The physical Library space is closed to all visitors. Visit the university's On-Campus Learning page for the more information on computer access, printing, and study space options.

✅  Archives
Services are available remotely; contact the Archives for assistance.

 Collections & Acquisitions
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.

 Copyright Services
Remote consultations are available; visit to talk to staff or make an appointment.

⚠️ Print Borrowing & Interlibrary Loans
Print materials are available through our Library Pickup and Scan on Demand services. Users do not need to return or renew their materials at this time. ILL materials only need to be returned if the lending library has requested the item back; ILL staff will contact patrons directly if an item needs to be returned. Questions about library accounts, fines, and due dates can be directed to or 204.786.9808.

  • All book loans due on or after April 30, 2021 have been extended until August 30, 2021. This will be the final automatic renewal; materials can be renewed manually by logging into your library account.
  • All recalls have been disabled.
  • All interlibrary loans of print material have been suspended.
  • Digital interlibrary loan service is available. Visit the interlibrary loan page for more information.
  • Books can be returned to the dropbox at the South entrance to Centennial Hall near the security booth.

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
Library staff continue to provide Reference and Instruction Services while campus is closed.

  • Students, faculty, and staff can access research assistance from the Library's Help with Research pages.
  • Reference inquiries can be made remotely over the Library's Online Chat service.
  • Research consultation appointments may still be booked with a Subject Librarian; consultations will take place over Zoom or another suitable platform. Students and Researchers wishing to book an appointment may do so here: Appointments
  • Instructors requiring students to access library resources during the Fall or Winter terms are strongly encouraged to contact their Subject Librarian to ensure continuity of access to these resources during the library closure or to explore alternatives.
  • Instructors wishing to book a library instruction session for their course may do so using the following form: Instruction Request

✅  Research Data Management Services
Services are available remotely. Visit the RDM website for more information. 

⚠️ Reserves
Staff are able to offer full support for digital materials; print scanning services are available, but subject to applicable Fair Dealing guidelines. 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 more assistance.

✅  Publishing & Research Support Services
Remote services are available.  Visit the Scholarship and Research Support website for more information.