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 media 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, the Associate Dean, University Library, Public Services, the Associate Dean, University Library, Collections and Digital Services, and the Library Operations Officer, which 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 key member of Dean’s Council, as well as other key institutional and academic bodies. The Dean, University Library 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.
Users of the Mount Royal University Library:
“participate in an environment that supports intellectual inquiry as well as the exchange and examination of diverse ideas. These activities are to take place in an orderly manner in and outside of the classroom and in an environment that is protected through the governing documents of Mount Royal.” - Code of Student Conduct Policy, POL 513
Library users are responsible for their contribution to an environment that is conducive to learning, study and collaboration in the Library and for demonstrating respect for the spaces, equipment, facilities and others in the space.
Non-academic misconduct broadly defined, is any behaviour or pattern of behaviour that:
Non-academic misconduct will not be tolerated within the Library and can be reported to Security and Library Staff.
In keeping with our mission, the Library spaces in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre are designed to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship-related activities of our students, staff, faculty, and community.
We respect our users, their use of the space and their privacy. Groups or individuals wishing to photograph or film in the library must respect the following:
Permission to film or photograph in these spaces for non-commercial purposes (academic assignments, projects, journalism) must be sought and approved prior to the shoot taking place. For permissions, please contact Katharine Barrette, Associate Dean, Library Public Services, a minimum of 4 business days prior to the requested date with details such as:
The MRU Library collaborates with other campus entities to support promotion of Library programming, resources and services, campus programmings and events, student supports and services. Commercial advertising of products and services is generally not permitted within the Library and will be removed.
Within the MRU Library a number of designated spaces and technologies allow for digital and print posters or materials to be displayed. These include:
Viz Lounge / Digital display: When the visualization wall in the Ideas Lounge is not programmed, we will be showcasing a curated list of programming service announcements that promote and supports programming that benefit the members of the MRU community.
Poster tackboards: Print / Photocopy rooms and washrooms on each floor contain tackboards that are open for postering use by the Library, RLLC building partners and other MRU community members. These tackboards are available on a first-come first served basis and we ask that users do not remove or obscure posters for upcoming programming or initiatives.
Outdated posters are periodically removed by library staff and at all times the MRU Library reserves the right to exercise the discretion to remove materials that are not aligned with the above.
Temporary signage: Temporary sign stands are occasionally used for messaging to users related to programming and events in the Library in the period the programming is taking place. For more information about use of temporary signage related to a program or event being held in the Library, please contact Courtney Montgomery, our Outreach Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org
At no time may posters or temporary signage be tacked or taped to walls, surfaces or furniture in the Library.
FOIP Notification Statement - Library Services Notice
The personal information that you provide to Mount Royal University is collected under the authority of the Post-Secondary Learning Act and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act (Alberta) – section 33(c). The information will be used to provide Library Services to patrons. Collected personal information can be reviewed subject to the provisions under the Act.
Questions regarding the collection, use and disclosure of personal information can be directed to:
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