Mount Royal University Library is an integral part of the MRU experience, supporting deep learning and innovative teaching and scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual curiosity, creativity and exploration, where people find new answers and develop new questions. The Library team engages our diverse communities by sharing our expertise through a range of intriguing programs, excellent services and rich information resources in a welcoming, technology-enabled environment.
With the opening of the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre, we have introduced exciting new spaces, tools, and services dedicated to exploration, creation and sharing.
These spaces are animated by our expert team of staff and faculty which includes new roles such a maker studio lead, a visualization specialist and a visualization designer.
Our growing collection comprises 535,000 monographs and over 81,000 journal titles in digital and print formats. Specialized data collections, music, image and video resources, along with expanding archive and special collections are also an important part of our Library resources.
Mount Royal University Library: Igniting exploration, learning, creation, and sharing
Mount Royal University Library is an integral part of the MRU experience, supporting deep learning and innovative teaching and scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual curiosity, creativity, and exploration, where people find new answers and develop new questions. The Library engages our diverse communities by sharing our expertise through a range of intriguing programs, excellent services, and rich information resources, in a welcoming, technology-enabled environment.
In 2016, the Library created a Library Strategic Plan to 2021. Our goals are to:
The Library team is comprised of approximately 60 talented and dedicated individuals who share the common goals of enabling student success and providing excellent service. The team is made up of approximately 17 full-time equivalent faculty librarians, 37 full time equivalent staff members, six managers/administrators, along with a number of student casuals and part-time staff.
We support approximately 11,500 full and part-time students and approximately 2,500 faculty and staff, and have an important role to play in outreach and community engagement beyond the University.
The Library organizational structure helps define roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, while cross-functional teams, working groups and committees ensure an integrated, evidence-based, and strategic approach to projects, initiatives and the ongoing success of the Library.
The Library is a key unit within Academic Affairs and includes both faculty (librarians) and academic staff members, along with exempt and management members.
The Library Leadership Team comprised of the Library Chair, Associate University Librarian - Public Services, Associate University Librarian - Collections and Digital Services, and the Library Operations Officer, which provides advice to the University Librarian and works together to provide strategic leadership for the Library.
The University Librarian reports to the Provost and Vice-President Academic and is a key member of Dean’s Council, as well as other key institutional and academic bodies. The University Librarian also serves on the General Faculties Council along with Library faculty (librarian) representatives.
The Library Faculty Council, including standing and subcommittees such as the Library Scholarship Standing Committee, the Library Faculty Curriculum Committee, Roles and Responsibilities Committee, etc. provides oversight and guidance on academic decision making matters.
The Library Standing Committee of the General Faculties Council (GFC) includes elected GFC Counsellors from across all faculties. This body provides advice and input to the Library regarding faculty academic needs and matters.
The Library has a Student Library Advisory Committee which provides a valuable venue for students to provide input, advice and suggestions on matters related to Library operations and services. All interested students are welcome to join these meetings which are held a couple of times each term.
The Library also employs a number of internal committees, working groups, and teams to ensure successful operations and achievement of its vision and strategic plan priorities.
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2003 - 2006