Alumni, Guest, & Visiting Researchers

All campus facilities, including the library are currently closed to the general public. We are unable to provide off-campus access to our electronic resources to patrons who are not currently students, staff, or faculty at the University of Winnipeg. Special Borrowers who had active accounts as of March 13, 2020 will be given a one year membership at no charge when the library re-opens to the public.

Members of the public can visit the library during regular hours of operation. Various services are available to visitors, including temporary desktop computer accounts, and special borrowers' cards. 

If you are a visiting scholar or research assistant, please see the guidelines for obtaining access as a short-term researcher.

Computer Access

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 16 years of age and older 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 will not be accepted.

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. inactivated 2-hour accounts expire 2 hours and 10 minutes before closing; inactivated 30-minute accounts expire 40 minutes before closing).

All patrons, including guests, are required to exit the library at closing time. This requires 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

Please note that children under 16 are not eligible for guest accounts; an adult may register for a computer account on behalf of a child, but must supervise the child while they are using the computer.

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 Short-Term Researchers.

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.


Conduct in the Library

The UWinnipeg Library is a respectful working and learning environment and all library users are expected to conduct themselves in a manner supportive to research and study. This includes adhering to all applicable University policies, including the Acceptable Use of Information Technology PolicyRespectful Working and Learning Environment Policy, the Sexual Violence Prevention Policy, and the Violence Prevention Policy. Behaviour that will not be tolerated in the Library includes, but is not limited to:

  • Abusive language, including threats, harassment, and/or discriminatory remarks;
  • Behaviour that is disruptive or otherwise interferes with the ability of others to work in and enjoy the library, including refusal to adhere to posted sound zones;
  • Refusal to present ID when requesting or renewing a computer account;
  • Smoking, vaping, consumption of alcohol, or use of illicit substances;
  • Vandalism, theft, or any other intentional damage to or misuse of library property, including hacking and unauthorized installation of software on library computers;
  • Sexual misconduct, including voyeurism, indecent exposure, or engaging in sexual acts;
  • Viewing websites that are sexually explicit or promote prejudicial and/or hateful agendas;
  • Photographing, filming, or recording in the library without prior permission from Library Administration.


Furthermore, visitors to the library are advised of the following rules:

  • Per the University's Service Animals Policy, service animals are welcome, but please leave your pets at home.
  • Food and drink are permitted in most areas of the library, with the expectation that garbage is properly disposed of and any messes are suitably cleaned up. Food and lidless beverages are not permitted at public computers. 
  • Children under the age of 14 who are not enrolled at the Collegiate must be accompanied by an adult at all times.


Library users who engage in unacceptable behaviour will be asked to leave the library. Serious violations or repeat offences may result in a permanent ban from the library.