Manitoba libraries: Books and so much more

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One of the first things you should do as a newcomer is to get a library card. It is easy to apply. Go to your library to fill out a form. Bring an identification card.

If you are in Winnipeg, you can start your application here. Go to this directory if you are in a different region.


What can you do at a library?

Aside from reading books, you can attend:

  • Community activities such as arts and crafts nights, book clubs or fairs where they sell things
  • Events like lectures or workshops (crafts, science, art, even 3D printing!)
  • Programs such as English as Second Language training

These can help you become more familiar with your community. You will also meet your neighbours. You will gain skills to help you settle in Manitoba.

You can also use the following library facilities for your studies or when looking for a job:

  • study rooms
  • computers
  • wireless internet connection
  • software and applications
  • copiers
  • printers
  • fax machines

Visit a library

Visit the library nearest you. You can also go to the Millennium Library in downtown Winnipeg. Learn about the services they offer.


Books and resources

  1. The library is the best source for the newest books and references. Go in person or online to search, reserve or borrow books.
  2. Use your library card for other resources :
    • lyndalibrary –this is a great tool for learning. You can view videos to learn many things.
    • Canadian newsstand – search and view Canadian newspapers from as far back as 2006.
    • Hoopla digital –borrow and download free movies, music and audiobooks.
    • Naxos Music database –hear more than 100,000 albums from the database.
    • Mango Languages –this tool can help you learn 63 new languages.
    • Past Forward – learn about Winnipeg’s history from materials like postcards, posters, images and text.

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Community Resources

Contact your local library through these links:
Manitoba Public Library System
Western Manitoba Regional Library – includes Brandon Public Library, Carberry/North Cypress Library,
Neepawa Public Library,Glenboro/South Cypress Library, Hartney/Cameron Public Library.
South Central Regional Library– services Morden, Winkler, Altona, Miami.
South Interlake Regional Library – covers the Town of Stonewall, Town of Teulon, R.M. of Rosser, R.M. of Rockwood.
Lakeland Regional Library – services Kilarney-Turtle Mountain & Cartwright-Roblin
Lac du Bonnet Library– for the Town of Lac du Bonnet, R.M. of Lac du Bonnet, and R.M. of Alexander (Bird River Area).
Evergreen Regional Library – includes Gimli, Arborg, Riverton
Allard Library (Bibliothèque Allard Regional Library)– services Pine Falls – Powerview, R.M. of Alexander, R.M. of Victoria Beach and surrounding areas

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