FAQ 

 

Do you have questions about our retail, loan, or online services? 

Please check the menu below, our Help page, or contact us.

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Customers

 

Buy

 

Borrow

 

Access Online

 

Donations

My Account

Canadian Customers

American Customers

International Customers

CMU Students

 

Retail Product Selection

Methods of Payment

Special Orders

Buying Loan Copies

 

Free Shipping

Loan Product Selection

Length of Loan

Multiple Loan Periods

Renewals

Overdues

Reservations

Holds

Damage

 

 

Online Product Selection

 

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Customers

 

My Account

A personal account is required to buy or borrow an item(s). You do not need an account to access online resources.

Consult your account to view your:

Click the “heart” icon to view your saved favourites list.

 

Canadian customers

Canadian customers have full access to all our web services (buy, borrow, access online).  A membership is required to borrow materials. 

 

American customers

American customers have full access to our retail and online resources.  Borrowing privileges are not available outside of Canada.

 

International customers

International customers have access to our online resources.  We also ship select retail items outside of Canada and the United States. Please contact us with your retail order and we will reply with the shipping options and costs. Once confirmed, we'll send you a PayPal invoice.  Borrowing privileges are not available outside of Canada.

 

We welcome everyone to come visit us in Winnipeg and experience a unique in-store shopping venue!

 

 

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Buy

Select from hundreds of carefully curated retail items. To search only our retail collection, select “Buy” as your Availability filter.

 

Retail Product Selection

Our online and in-store retail product selections overlap but are also quite different. It is worth visiting us in both locations!

 

 

Online

In-Store

Anabaptist and related books

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Partner titles

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Congregational resources

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Children’s books

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Bibles

 

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CMU textbooks

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General books

 

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Greeting cards

 

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Stationery, Peggo/transit

 

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Specialty foods

 

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Fair-trade crafts

 

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Special Orders

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Methods of Payment

 

Online

Online customers will be directed to PayPal for payment. You may pay by credit card or with a PayPal account. 

 

In-Store

We accept Mastercard, Visa, or Debit in-store. (Due to COVID-19, cash or cheque payments are not being accepted.)  Congregations and organizations can choose to be invoiced (we do not invoice individuals).  CMU students may not charge purchases to their student accounts unless they set up a credit balance.

 

By Phone

We accept Mastercard and Visa over the phone. Congregations and organizations can choose to be invoiced (we do not invoice individuals).

 

 

Special Orders

                               

We are glad to special order any title that is available from our suppliers.  Please let us know either by contacting us in-person, email/phone or by submitting an online Order. 

Many online titles, if not available to purchase directly, have an “Order” option. Select “Order” to register an online request and we’ll be in touch quickly with a price and expected time of delivery. With that information you are welcome to confirm your order with us - and we will special order it.

A pre-payment may be required for certain titles, but normally we accept payment once the item(s) has arrived and is ready to ship or be picked up. Please allow 1 to 3 weeks.

                                            

               

Buying Loan Copies

We are not able to sell a loan copy that has been borrowed. Loan copies were specially purchased for loan-use only. We are also not permitted to use the Canada Post library shipping rates to deliver retail items.  However, we would be happy to sell you a retail copy! And we will special order any title we do not currently have it in stock.

 

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Borrow

Borrow from a carefully curated selection of loan items. To search only our loan collection, select “Borrow” as your Availability filter.

 

Free Shipping

 

 

 

Loan Product Selection

All our loan items are available in-store and online to view and borrow.   These include Anabaptist and related books, partner titles, and congregational resources. 



Length of Loan

The system will automatically default to the following loan periods:

  • Regular loan = 4 weeks
  • New and seasonal resources = 3 weeks                       

 

We grant additional time for the following arrangements. Please indicate either option in the “Comments” section of the checkout process, and we’ll adjust the dates accordingly.

  • Cheaper by the Dozen orders = 6 weeks
  • Multi-session curriculum = 5+ weeks 

 

All loan periods include the time in transit (both ways) between Winnipeg and your address.

 

 

Multiple Loan Periods

You may choose to receive loan items on different dates by adjusting the loan periods in your shopping cart.  Or, reversely, you may combine multiple orders into one shipment by adjusting the loan periods to the latest common date.

 

Renewals

All items may be renewed for one additional two-week period, subject to demand. Contact us or renew your items electronically by accessing My Account.


Overdues

We do not charge for an overdue item(s) but expect that it will be returned to Winnipeg by its due date (an automated email is sent 4 days in advance as a reminder). If an item(s) is not returned (or renewed), the borrower, after a short “grace period,” will be invoiced the cost of its replacement. Failure to comply will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges.


Reservations

You may reserve a loan item(s) in advance, subject to availability, by adjusting the date(s) in your shopping cart. Remember that the selected date(s) is the day the item(s) will be shipped from Winnipeg. Please allow enough time for shipping. See Shipping Page for more information.


Holds

You may place a hold on a loan item(s) that is currently in circulation by clicking the "Borrow Later" option and selecting the default date (the earliest date available). We will send the item(s) as soon as it becomes available.


Damage

Any damage to an item(s) should be reported immediately. Please do not try to mend the resource. If a replacement is required, the borrower, if at fault, will be invoiced for its replacement. 

Please do not write or highlight inside any of our materials. 

Please return resources with appropriately padded mailers and with other protective measures, as needed.


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Access Online

Select from thousands of carefully curated online items to download, view, read, listen to, or watch. To search only our online collection, select “Access Online” as your Availability filter.

 

Online Product Selection

Thousands of videos, podcasts, documents, and books are available free online.  We also link to hundreds of recommended websites.  In addition, we partner with Together in Worship to provide hundreds of Anabaptist worship materials.  

 


Donations

CommonWord is grateful for all donations. Extra financial support helps us extend our "free" services to a greater audience.

For a charitable tax-receipt, please

  • make your donation online
  • or send a cheque (with CommonWord in the memo line) made out to either

 

Mennonite Church Canada

600 Shaftesbury Blvd

Winnipeg, MB

R3P 0M4

 

Or,

 

Canadian Mennonite University

500 Shaftesbury Blvd

Winnipeg, MB

R3P 2N2

 

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