The Gladys Chown Memorial Library is a vital part of the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library. It was established in the 1930s as part of the Crafts Guild of Manitoba and officially named the Gladys Chown Memorial Library in 1948. The library is a unique collection containing materials dating back as far as the late 19th century; some foreign language books; and recently published books and periodicals. A significant portion of the holdings are unique in Canada.
The library collects and preserves archival material, manuscripts, books, periodicals, photos, patterns, CDs, DVDs and any other paper or digital items relating to the history and practice of crafts. There are currently over 3,500 books, 1,500 magazines and journals, hundreds of vintage patterns, and a vertical file of more contemporary patterns, booklets and miscellaneous materials.
The library is a lending library for eligible members of MCML and a research facility for all members of the public.
The books, magazines, vertical file material and patterns are catalogued with an in-house database which is available to the public during open hours. Its holdings can also be searched online through AMICUS, a free national catalogue that shows the published materials held at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) as well as in over 1300 libraries across Canada.
MCML members may borrow up to fifteen (15) books for three (3) week borrowing periods.
Non-Members of MCML may borrow books via Inter-Library Loan (ILL) through their local public, university or special topic libraries.
These libraries must be over 100km from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to qualify for the ILL service. There is a $5 fee for all ILL loans
to cover the cost of shipping.
Donating to the Library
MCML accepts donations of books to the MCML library holdings. Only books related directly or indirectly to craft are accepted. MCML
only rarely accepts donations of magazines. Please call or email MCML prior to dropping off any library items.
Books donated to the MCML library might be:
- Retained by the library
- Sold to raise money for the MCML (in the case of duplicates or item not desired by the MCML library)
- Donated to a different library/charity
- Discarded (in the case of books not in good condition or not saleable)