The transformational new Riddell Library and Learning Centre builds on the Library’s strengths and enduring values while articulating a new vision for exceptional undergraduate teaching, learning and research experience for MRU students, faculty and staff. This integrated facility also brings together other core student learning and faculty teaching support areas including Student Learning Services, the Academic Development Centre, including START, the Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and includes purpose-built classrooms and offices for the Department of Education.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre is the new intellectual heart of our campus and a resource that will engage our entire community.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre has been a capital campaign priority for the University for more than six years.
The new building was funded through a $88.4 million capital investment from the Government of Alberta (spread over three years) and with a generous donation from the Riddell Family Charitable Foundation.
Planning was led at the University-level by the building Steering Committee, which worked directly with Stuart Olson, Colliers Project Leaders, and Dialog.
The building partners (Library, Student Learning Services, Academic Development Centre, Institute for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Department of Education) met regularly as a Joint Working Group to discuss, consult and collaborate on key design and planning needs.
The Library is pleased to support University sustainability initiatives and practices.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre is part of the campus waste diversion program which separates organic waste from recycling and drastically reduces the amount of material going to local landfills. We are also pleased to continue to serve as a battery and other specialized recycling collection location making recycling convenient for our students and other users.
The Riddell Library and Learning Centre has been designed and constructed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification.
Some of the key elements of this design include robust light harvesting systems, including the use of low voltage lighting and light sensors throughout; waste diversion and recycling of construction materials; a stand-alone back-up generator; environmental controls to manage heating and cooling efficiently; and special features such as end-of-destination bike lockers to encourage cycling.
Certification is pending, full details will be available following designation. Sustainable MRU offers more information about our campus commitment to sustainability.