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Mission of the University College of the North Libraries
The University College Libraries mission is to: support the curriculum of the University College of the North; provide resources to support the educational communities of Northern Manitoba; and to develop a research library to support the needs of the Aboriginal Studies Centre of the University. Promoting academic success by providing library services to users located not only on our campuses, but at remote community sites as needed.
The University College of the North Libraries endorses the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which includes, along with the right to express thoughts publicly, the fundamental right of access of every person to all expressions of knowledge. The intellectual freedom fostered and protected by the enshrinement of these rights is basic to the proper functioning of the University and to the healthy development of Canadian society of which it is a part.
The University College Libraries supports the principles of intellectual freedom as they are pertinent to all of its activities.
The University College of the North also supports the mandate set forth by the Canadian Federation of Library Associations/Fédération canadienne des associations de bibliothèques(CFLA-FCAB)’s Committee on Indigenous Matters which states: “The Committee on Indigenous Matters exists to and work with Indigenous (First Nations, Metis and Inuit) people to address issues related to libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions; to promote initiatives in all types of libraries by advancing and implementing meaningful reconciliation as addressed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report and in the Calls to Action (English)(French)to implement the recommendations of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee report; to monitor ongoing progress in those areas; and to promote collaboration in these issues across Canadian libraries, archives, and cultural memory institutions.”  
In order to meet this mission, there are six physical locations where library materials are distributed, and an on-line presence to provide access to our electronic resources.  The six physical locations are:

   ·  Swan River Heath Centre
   ·  Oscar Lathlin Research Library - The Pas campus
   ·  Wellington and Madeline Spence Memorial library - Thompson campus
   ·  UCN/Chemawawin Public Library
   ·  UCN/Norway House Public library
   ·  UCN/Pukatawagan Public Library

Each of these sites have their own web page providing information about them.  Our main web page provides access to our electronic resources as well as other important information.
If you have questions, please contact UCN at (866)627-8500‚Äč or e-mail at



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