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Dafoe Library serves the research, study, and teaching requirements of the Faculties of Arts (Humanities, Social Sciences), Education, Environment, Earth, and Resources, Human Ecology, Nursing, Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and Social Work.
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Welcome to the Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Who was Elizabeth Dafoe?

The largest of the libraries at the University of Manitoba, the Elizabeth Dafoe Library
serves the research, study, and teaching requirements of the Faculties of Arts (Humanities,
Social Sciences), Education, Environment, Earth, and Resources, Human Ecology, Nursing, Kinesiology and Recreation Management, and Social Work, and provides service
to the University community, off-campus students, and the general public.

The Elizabeth Dafoe Library boasts a large collection of books, periodicals, government publications, microforms, maps, and special collections supporting Icelandic and Slavic Studies.
It also houses the Department of Archives and Special Collections, which includes
university archives, manuscripts and rare books. The Library also provides access to
an array of electronic resources including bibliographic and full-text databases and
a wide range of Canadian and international primary data sets and
geographical information products.

The Elizabeth Dafoe Library offers a number of Library services.

Go to the Service Desk, located on the main floor, when you need to check out books, check out and return reserve material, pick-up items you have requested in Libraries One Stop Search or Document Delivery, reserve Group Study Rooms or check for items lost in the Library, to name just a few things. Phone: (204) 474-9844; E-mail:

Research Services: Do you need to find articles and books for your assignment? Walk-up to the Service Desk or send us an e-mail to get help with any research questions you have and with any other library related questions or problems. If you are a graduate student and would like a one-on-one consultation, you may want to make an appointment with a librarian in your subject area.

Also, we are home for Off-Campus Access & Services for the Fort Garry campus.

Studying: The Dafoe Library is a popular place for students to study. There are approximately 650 study spaces in Dafoe, distributed throughout the three floors of the Library. There is a mixture of study carrels, open library tables, group study rooms and two areas with assigned graduate student carrels. If you are a graduate student in a faculty served by Dafoe you can apply for a carrel at the Service Desk. The first floor of Dafoe is used for group study and can be very noisy. The second and third floors are quieter and the Iceland Reading Room offers a quiet study environment.

The two group study rooms are located on the main floor of the Library. They are available for use by small groups of students to work on academic assignments. Faculty are also welcome to reserve the rooms for small group discussions and class projects. Available on a first-come, first-served basis, the rooms can be booked at the Service Desk for a maximum of two hours per day.

For detailed information about Dafoe study spaces check out Study Spaces - Elizabeth Dafoe Library offered by Student Life, Student Affairs.

Computing:  There are two computer classrooms and a computer room available on the main floor of the Library. The first classroom, called Technology Resource Centre or Brown Lab, is located in Room 110 and the second classroom, Gold Lab, is in Room 111. The computer room is also located on the main floor and is situated across from the printers.The Brown and Gold labs are open during the Library's regular hours for general use except when booked for training sessions.   Computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

To book one of the computer labs for a class, faculty are advised to contact their liaison librarian

There are also computers in the Commons area across from the Service Desk, and a number of computers on the second and third floors.

Wireless access is available on all three floors of the Library so bring your own laptop or borrow one at the Service Desk.

Copying, Printing and Scanning: Public photocopying machines are located on the first and third floors of the Library. There are two black and white and one colour networked laser printers on the main floor in the area behind the Service Desk. There is one scanner available in the Brown Lab, the second scanner in the Microforms area, and the third scanner in the room behind the Service Desk. As well, there is a flatbed scanner that can scan documents up to tabloid size (11 by 17 inches). This scanner is located on the main floor of the Library with the printers.

Photocopiers accept copy cards and coin. Laser printers accept copy cards only. A change machine and a value adding station are located in the room across from the Service Desk. You can add value to your student ID card or get a copy card at the Service Desk. Laws regarding copyright must be observed, and patrons are urged to use care in copying library books.  Please consult the UM Copyright Basics and Fair Dealing Guidelines for information about copyright, details about fair dealing, when copyright permission is needed, how to obtain permission, how to protect your own work and more.

Want to take a break and relax? Visit the Starbucks located in the Reference Room on the main floor.



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Service Desk:
Phone: (204) 474-9844;

Elizabeth Dafoe Library
25 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2

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Elizabeth Dafoe Library
University of Manitoba
25 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3T 2N2

Service Desk:

Phone: (204) 474-9844
Fax: (204) 474-7921

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