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About the Library

Mount Royal University 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 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. 

This includes:

  • A maker studio complete with 3-D printers, scanners, industrial sewing machines, laser cutters and more
  • Two large-scale visualization rooms enabling new types of information exploration and understanding
  • Audio production rooms for creating podcasts, music and using in conjunction with media editing suites
  • An immersion studio that enables 360º projection to enhance experiential learning and research as well as a venue for virtual reality explorations.

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.

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.

In 2016, the Library created a Library Strategic Plan to 2021. Our goals are to: 

  • Enhance outreach to MRU's diverse communities through strategic marketing and community-tailored programming.
  • Evaluate and meet user needs through highly responsive and accessible services, adaptable spaces, and technological innovations.
  • Enhance collaboration within our team and with our building partners to provide innovative and improved experiences to users. 
  • Increase the value and impact of the Library's online presence as a critical teaching tool and a virtual destination of choice.
  • Promote the Library as a knowledge catalyst, generating ideas, fostering connections, and combining expertise and information to create knowledge.

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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History of the MRU Library

  • Library history video - released in conjunction with Riddell Library and Learning Centre grand opening on September 7, 2017.
  • For more information on MRU's 100 plus years of history visit the Mount Royal University Centennial page.

1972

  • 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”.

1972-1976

  • 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.

1977 - 1979

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

1981

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

1990 -1991

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

1996  

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

2000

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

2001

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

2003 - 2006

  • 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.

2008

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

2009

  • 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.

2010

  • 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.  

2014-2016

  • 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.

2017

  • 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!
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