Guest Services


The Library offers a number of services to guests, including temporary desktop computer accounts, and special borrowers' cards. 

Information for guests

The University of Winnipeg Library has a number of services available to guests, including:

Desktop computer accounts 

Temporary accounts for access to workstations with printing/photocopying privileges are available to walk-in guests during normal public hours. Photo ID is required to obtain a guest account. Any identification with your full name and a clear photo - such as a driver's licence, status card, passport, student card, etc. - is acceptable. ID without a photo - birth certificates, etc. - are not acceptable ID.

Two kinds of accounts are issued:

  • 2 hour accounts are issued from opening until 2:30pm.
  • 30 minute accounts are issued from 2:30pm until 4:00pm.

No accounts are issued after 4:00pm.

All accounts expire 5 minutes after their designated cutoff time if not activated. Therefore, 2 hour accounts must be activated no later than 2:35pm and 30 minute accounts must be activated no later than 4:05pm.

Coin-op photocopier

A coin-operated photocopier is located near the circulation desk.  Letter-sized and legal-sized black and white copies may be made for 15 cents each (per impression).  Black and white and colour scanning may be done at the coin-op copier and other copiers for free and sent to an email account.

Special borrowers' cards

Residents of Manitoba, 18 years of age or older, may apply for a special borrower's card at the circulation desk.  Valid photo ID with current address is required.  The card costs $25 per year and is valid until the anniversary of the date on which it was issued.  For further information please phone 204.786.9808.

UWinnipeg Alumni may acquire an alumnus/alumna card at the Alumni Office, ninth floor, 491 Portage Avenue, and then take it to the circulation desk for validation.  There is no need to apply for a special borrowers' card.

Research Assistants may obtain a UW ID card and network account by following the process outlined under Library & Database Access for Research Assistants.

Please note that alumni and guests may access the library's databases and other electronic resources from on campus, but due to licensing restrictions, off-campus access to the library's databases is limited to current faculty, staff, and students.

Reciprocal Borrowing

Faculty, staff, and students from universities and colleges participating in the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement may borrow books from the University of Winnipeg Library by presenting appropriate identification.  Please note that borrowing privileges and regulations vary from institution to institution. University of Winnipeg faculty, staff, and students may also register for borrowing privileges at these libraries.