General Public

Members of the public, university and college students are welcome to visit and use the collections at the Legislative Library and the Reading Room in the Legislative Building but do not have direct borrowing privileges. Reference Services are available by visiting either of our locations, by calling the reference desk, by email or fax. At the Vaughan Street location, library clients are asked to register for a researcher's card (PDF) at the Information Desk if they will be using materials from closed library collections. The reference collections, local histories, vertical files and recent Henderson Directories in the open area may be used without registration.

Members of the public, anywhere in Canada, can arrange to borrow circulating materials from the Legislative Library of Manitoba through the interlibrary loan services of their public or academic library. This includes our extensive collection of Manitoba newspapers on microfilm provided libraries have microfilm readers available.

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MLAs, Government of Manitoba and Legislative staff

Members and Staff of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba and employees of Manitoba government departments, agencies and Crown corporations can obtain a library card to borrow from the library and/or login to the library's commercial databases. If you do not have a library card and would like one please contact the library.

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Temporary staff with Manitoba Civil Service

Temporary staff can use the Library and all of its electronic resources while employed by the Manitoba government. Temporary or seasonal staff of the Manitoba government will need to submit a temporary borrower's application (PDF) form signed by their employer.


Access to some sites and databases subscribed to by the library are only available to employees of the Manitoba government and to Members and staff of the Legislative Assembly accessing these resources from their Manitoba government workstations.

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Interlibrary Loans

Through the interlibrary loan service the Legislative Library borrows materials from other libraries on behalf of Legislative Library card holders, if they are not available in our collections. This service is offered to Legislative Library members for items that are work or research related. Although the Legislative Library does not charge for interlibrary loan services, interlibrary loan fees may be applied by the lending library.

For more information on placing an interlibrary request, or if you represent an institution that would like to borrow Legislative Library materials for your clients, please visit our interlibrary loans page.

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Loan periods

Library cardholders can borrow circulating books from the Legislative Library collections for a three week period and can renew twice by contacting the library, by phone or email, provided there are no requests on the title. Extended loans may be available for long-term research programs.

Current issues of magazines may be borrowed overnight or over a weekend by library cardholders. Print magazines and periodicals published in the past 12 months may be borrowed for three weeks. Older issues are available for in-library use only.

Newspapers in print form do not circulate but microfilm copies or reels can beborrowed through the interlibrary loan service of public and academic libraries that have microfilm readers available.

Please contact the library for more information

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Lost Items

If materials are reported lost, the cost of replacement as well as a processing fee ($25) is charged back to the borrower's department. Materials are assumed to be lost if they have not returned to the Library after three overdue notices are sent to the library card holder.

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For on-site consultation only

  • Manitoba government publications more than 40 years old or when only one copy is held
  • publications deposited under The Legislative Library Act of which only one copy is held by the library
  • Reference (REF) items
  • Rare Book Room (RBC) materials
  • all legislative materials: statutes, bills, debates, committee minutes, etc.
  • magazines and periodicals over one-year old
  • newspaper originals
  • vertical files, press clipping files and scrapbooks
  • all microfilm for which the library does not hold negatives, including the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnipeg Sun and Winnipeg Tribune

For more information, contact Interlibrary Loans at 204-945-3784 or email us at

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