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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. With the opening of the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre in 2017, we have introduced exciting new spaces, tools, and services dedicated to exploration, creation and sharing. 

Vision

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

Mission

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.

Tour the Library

 

 

Service Desk

Whether you need help finding the perfect resource for a paper, borrowing some of the latest equipment and technology to take home, or meeting with a Librarian for one-to-one research help, it's all available at the Service Desk on the main floor.

 

 

Experience Lab

A creative space for students, faculty, staff and community to explore virtual reality (VR), mixed reality (MR), and augmented reality (AR). The specialized equipment and in-room expertise are regularly incorporated into curriculum.

 

Audio Production Rooms

Library users have an opportunity to pursue a multitude of digital projects with the help of specialized video and sound editing equipment and software. Expand on your approach to teaching and learning or finally create that passion project.

 

Ideas Lounge

A gathering space designed to support public lectures, presentations, workshops, showcases and other interactive events. Surrounded by glass and featuring a 7x2 metre visualization wall, this is the ideal option for an engaging public setting.

 

 

Immersion Studio

This “grey box” room allows projection of images or information on all four walls of the room at the same time, creating a unique 360º experience for teaching, learning and research.

 

The Atrium

There's no better place to meet and collaborate than this open space on the main floor. Whiteboards, tables, and seating are often spotted in the sunlit area that is also used as space for programming and special events.

 

 

Visualization Classroom

Our Visualization Classroom features one of our two resident visualization walls - a large-scale high-resolution digital display that joins 15, 55” LCD monitors to create one large screen.

Maker Studio

A makerspace open to students, faculty, staff and community users to explore ideas and concepts. Come in and experiment with new equipment, tools, and software to approach projects in a hands-on way.

 

Data Hub

Access support for numeric, qualitative, and spatial data through a specialized area in the Library that features workstations with related software. Students and Faculty also benefit from a Data Librarian who can assist with data management and collection tools, as well as facilitate workshops.

 

Information Literacy

Our team of Librarians lead the Library Instruction Program, which takes form in literacy instruction that reaches students through in-class guest lectures, workshops, and online modules. Classroom faculty can reach out for support on how to use Library resources and create assignments that help students learn good practices and information literacy skills.

 

 

Have a Seat

You can find 1,700 seats for scholars throughout all four floors that range from study carrels, booths, soft seats, group rooms and tables, pods, and more. Many options are powered making it easy for scholars to get to work while staying connected to handheld devices.

 

Archives and Special Collections

The launch of Archives Search is a significant step towards our goal to connect as many students and faculty as possible to the Archives’ valuable collections so they can be used for teaching and research. Since some records are so delicate, having a digital copy will also help to preserve the originals for future generations.

 

 

Collections

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 are also an important part of our Library resources. Find everything you need with LibrarySearch.

Fireplace Lounge

This soft seating area is prominently located on the 3rd floor and is a destination of choice for readers, writers, and those seeking a cozy and comfortable place to gather.