Accessibility Services


The University of Winnipeg Library is committed to providing equitable access to collections and services to all students, faculty and staff of the University.

The Librarian for Accessibility Services co-ordinates services for persons with disabilities, and is also available for in-depth research assistance by appointment; please contact Michael Dudley.

Accessible Formats Service

For more information on getting course content in an accessible format, please contact the University’s Accessibility Services.

Express Workstation (no login required)

For quick catalogue access and to Claim your ID, an accessible workstation is located adjacent to the Circulation desk. Please limit use to 15 minutes.

Adaptive Technology

Two multimedia workstation with Adaptive Technology are available on a priority basis in the Reference area on the fourth floor.

Technology available:

  • JAWS Screen reader
  • ABBYY Finereader: Scan any document for Optical Character Recognition (OCR) conversion

Item Retrieval

Because some of our higher level shelving is not universally accessible, we would be happy to retrieve books for persons in wheelchairs or unable to reach. Please provide a list of call numbers to the staff at the Circulation Desk or the Librarian for Accessibility Services. Depending on timing and staff availability retrieval may be immediate, or take up to several hours.

For best results, plan ahead by phoning 204.798.9808 or contact Michael Dudley.


Assistance with photocopying is available for students with mobility impairments. Please contact the Circulation desk or the University’s Accessibility Services.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters

Students requiring an ASL-English interpreter when visiting the Library or for an appointment with a librarian may contact Tessa Rogowski or text 204.228.0187 to make arrangements.

Group Study Rooms

There are two group study rooms available on the fourth floor which may be booked for two hours at a time. Please visit our Study Spaces and Room Bookings page for more information.

Physical accessibility in the Library

The Library entrance is on the fourth floor of Centennial Hall, 515 Portage Avenue. Elevators to the fourth floor are available on the street level.

Access to the main stacks and periodicals on the fifth floor is available via an elevator inside the Library.

Two sets of accessible washrooms are available on the fifth floor.

A wheelchair-accessible printer is available on the fourth floor.

Priority access workstations for persons in wheelchairs or mobility devices are available on the fourth floor.

Where the Library building, furniture or facilities restrict access or movement, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

The Library welcomes persons with disabilities who are accompanied by a service animal. While visiting the Library, it is the responsibility of the person with a service animal to control the animal at all times.

Please send any concerns, questions, suggestions, comments or complaints to Michael Dudley.

In Case of Emergency

During a fire alarm, do not use the elevator. Take refuge on an emergency exit stairwell landing. If you have a mobile phone, dial 204.786.6666 to speak to campus Security Services to let them know your location and situation.