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 computer workstations with printing/photocopying privileges are available to walk-in guests during normal public hours. Photo ID must be presented every time you request an account, even if you have already presented your ID earlier in the day. 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.

2-hour accounts are issued from opening until 2 hours and 15 minutes before closing. From that point forward, 30-minute accounts will be issued until 45 minutes before closing. No accounts will be issued after the cutoff for 30-minute accounts. Accounts should be activated immediately, as they expire 5 minutes after their designated cutoff time (i.e. 2-hour accounts expire 2 hours and 10 minutes before closing; 30-minute accounts expire 40 minutes before closing).

All patrons, including guests, are required to exit the library at closing time. This required ending your computer session no later than ten minutes before closing time.

2-Hour Accounts
30-Minute Accounts
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 7:30 pm; expire at 7:35 pm 7:30 - 9:00 pm; expire at 9:05 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 2:30pm; expire at 2:35 pm 2:30 - 4:00 pm; expire at 4:05 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 2:30pm; expire at 2:35 pm 2:30 - 4:00 pm; expire at 4:05 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm; expire at 5:35 pm 5:30 - 7:00 pm; expire at 7:05 pm

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.