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About the Library

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.

Strategic Plan

Mount Royal University Library:
Igniting exploration, learning, creation, and sharing.


Enhance outreach to MRU’s diverse communities through strategic marketing and community-tailored programming.

Increase awareness of the resources our communities can access at the MRU Library. These resources include: services, collections, personnel, and virtual and physical tools and spaces.

Gather information to deepen understanding of our user communities and use it to inform resource development.

Provide a welcoming environment to all users through services, programming and spaces, with particular focus on Indigenous and other growing communities


Evaluate and meet user needs through highly responsive and accessible services, adaptable spaces, and technological innovations.

Continually gather data from the Library, the University, and other pertinent communities to assess user needs, wish lists, and gaps, and use this evidence to inform decisions.

Develop an agile framework for measuring the impact and value of Library resources.

Educate and cross-educate staff to create a nimble Library team with user-focus as the primary driver.

Provide education and programming to enable users to make the most of all Library resources.


Enhance collaboration within our team and with our building partners to provide innovative and improved experiences to our users.

Create forums to celebrate the contributions, shared values, and diversity of our staff and Library users.

Put in place defined communication channels to address innovations and gaps in resources.

Develop opportunities for students as collaborators in library initiatives and assessment.


Increase the value and impact of the Library’s online presence as a critical teaching tool and a virtual destination of choice.

Ensure the Library’s website is a highly functional teaching and research tool for our users.

Ensure that our online presence provides beneficial, up-to-date information and resources to our users.

Ensure our online presence and electronic resources are compatible with our users’ expectations.

Make our virtual and physical spaces complementary, adding value to each.


Promote the Library as a knowledge catalyst, generating ideas, fostering connections, and combining expertise and information to create knowledge.

Ensure collections and instruction programs support students in their undergraduate research endeavours.

Coordinate with other campus partners to develop workshops and resources to support undergraduate and faculty research.

Ensure our collections and tools adapt to the changing needs of our communities.

Use new Library spaces to enable new ways of conducting research and scholarship.

Annual Report

It’s been a year of growth and change for Mount Royal University Library, as we continue to respond to an ever-changing information landscape, both on campus and beyond. Here, we share some examples of the ways that spaces have been leveraged, along with teaching, expertise, and resources, to support the initiatives, scholarship, and teaching across campus that we have always done as a Library.


MRU Library Past and Future



    • Lincoln Park Campus opens including the Library.
    • Campus approach to instruction was based on the Leggett model. Library design was based on vast open concept with local Resource Islands providing support and resources for faculty and programs within “departments”.


    • Library’s open concept and honour system for borrowing becomes problematic and security gates are installed.
    • Media resources collection and services becomes part of the Library.


    • Open concept design proves noisy and is renovated to create quiet study areas.
    • Library gets non-smoking area!


    • Heritage Fund grant was received dedicating $9 million dollars for collection improvement.


    • Card catalogue dismantled and new online catalogue introduced (Multilis System).
    • Overdue fines introduced.


    • Library Resource Islands close.
    • Library Reserve collection implemented.


    • $1.6 million dollars received to strengthen collection in support of applied degrees.


    • Library relocated while major renovation begins. Library renovation was planned to address student growth and demand for the next five years.


    • Library review identifies need to grow Library in terms of faculty and staff, as well as collections.
    • Library enhancements becomes Mount Royal College’s highest facilities priority and a focus point for the transition of Mount Royal College to Mount Royal University.


    • Provincial government provides $2.8 million in funds to plan new Library and Learning Centre.


    • Mount Royal College officially becomes Mount Royal University.
    • Additional investments are made to support Library collections for degree programs
    • Mount Royal celebrates Centennial.
    • Library takes on official responsibility for the University Archives.


    • Library spaces reorganized to address persistent noise issues.
    • Clay Riddell becomes named donor for the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.
    • Provincial Government provides support for construction of the Riddell Library and Learning Centre, with the ground breaking taking place that same year.


    • Library restructuring and planning for new services and programs in Riddell Library and Learning Centre is started.
    • Building planning and design along with community consultation underway.


    • Construction is completed and Library moves into new Riddell Library Learning Centre on June 26 2017 for its soft launch.
    • New Library includes visualization spaces, a maker studio, audio production rooms, an immersion studio, new library classrooms, a special collections and archives area, 34 group rooms, quiet reading rooms and lots of student study space.
    • Other building partners – Academic Development Centre, Student Learning Services, Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and Department of Education – move in over the course of the summer.
    • September 7th 2017 Grand Opening!

Organizational Structure

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 faculty within Academic Affairs and includes faculty members, MRSA staff, and exempt and management members.  

The Library Dean's Advisory Group (DAG) is comprised of the Associate Deans; the Library Chair; the Director, Library Technology; the Library Operations Officer; the Head, User Services and Engagement, and the Head of Collections and Content. The DAG provides advice to the Dean, University Library and works together to provide strategic leadership for the Library.

The Dean, University Library reports to the Provost and Vice-President Academic and is a member of Provost’s Council, as well as other institutional and academic bodies. The Dean, University Library also serves on the General Faculties Council along with Library faculty representatives and serves on a number of GFC Committees including the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Research and Scholarship Committee. 

The Library Faculty Council, including standing and subcommittees such as the Library Scholarship Committee and the Library Faculty Curriculum Committee, provides oversight and guidance on academic decision-making matters.

The Library has a Student Library Advisory Committee which provides a venue for students to give 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.