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Borrowing Privileges

Find out more about what resources are available to you

Borrowing from MRU Library

Students, Staff, and Faculty

Borrowing Material

Mount Royal University students, faculty and staff may borrow items from the Main Collection - books, journals, magazines, DVDs, and CDs. Students can also borrow laptops and wireless hotspots. MRU employees can borrow a selection of audiovisual equipment to assist with virtual instruction and support work. 

Accessing Material

  • A vast collection of digital materials is available via LibrarySearch.
  • Your OneCard is your library card and is required to access the building for main floor study, computer lab.

Renewing Material

  • Items may be renewed if there are no holds placed on the item. Renew online through your Library Account or use the chat, text (587-818-6191), or email option to request a renewal. 
  • Library equipment must be renewed by communicating with a member of the Service Desk team through chat, text, or email. 
  • Laptops must be returned at the end of each semester. Students can submit a new loan request if they still require the use of a laptop. 
  • Interlibrary Loan renewals can be requested by emailing but not guaranteed. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library. 

Hold/Request an Item

Request, or place a "hold", on library items that are either loaned out to another borrower or available on the shelf. Holds may be placed the following ways:

  • Online, via logging in to LibrarySearch. Search for a Main Collection title and select "Place hold" under "Get it".
  • Via email, text or the online Ask Us chat option.


Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary Loans is a service currently available to Mount Royal University students, faculty, staff and Emeritus who need access to a resource that we don't offer. 


Community Borrower

Borrowing Material

  • 25 item limit from our General Collection
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals

Accessing Material

Free MRU card by presenting photo identification and proof of Canadian address

  • Borrowing Agreement forms are available from the Service Desk in the Library
  • Individuals under 18 years of age applying for a Community Borrower card will need their parent or guardian to sign our borrowing agreement form



Borrowing Material

  • 25 item limit from the Main Collection (books, journals, magazines, DVDs, and CDs)
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals.
  • Make use of specialized spaces and attend programming and workshops. Keep an eye on the Library program calendar.

Accessing Material

Your Alumni OneCard is your library card.


Borrowing Material

  • 25 item limit from the General Collection.
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals.
  • Request copies of journal articles, book chapters and loans from other libraries via the ILL for Retirees page.

Accessing Material

Interlibrary loans

  • Request copies of journal articles and book chapters, or loans of materials from other libraries by emailing
    • Please include your 9-digit MRU ID number and full citation information when submitting requests via email.
  • Retirees with emeritus status should still be able to access their ILL accounts and submit new requests via the online form or through records found using LibrarySearch.
  • Copyright statement:
  • ILL usage:
    • Material requested is to be used for the purpose of research, private study, review, education, parody, satire, criticism, or news reporting.


Borrowing Material

  • 25 item limit from the Main Collection (books, journals, magazines, DVDs, and CDs)
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals.

The Alberta Library (TAL) card

  • The Alberta Library (TAL) Card allows you to borrow books from over 290 libraries across Alberta, including public, university, college and government libraries.
  • To get a TAL card, visit your member library (ex. CPL branch) and ask a staff member to create your free card.
  • Your card can be presented at library checkout to access and borrow materials at participating Alberta libraries. 


Loans & Fines

Loan Periods


Semester loan

EAL Collection

Varies, 1 week to 3 weeks

Reserve Collection

Varies, 2 hours to 1 week

Interlibrary Loans

Due date is set by the lending library


1 week

Laptops + Wifi Hotspots

Semester loan (laptops)

3 weeks (hotspots)


Loan periods vary, please contact the Service Desk


It is the borrower's responsibility to note the date and time materials are due. There are no overdue fines for our Main Collection. Fines are charged for overdue material for recalls, equipment, interlibrary loans, reserves, and all lost material.

  • Check My Account online for due dates and accumulated fines
  • More than $200 in fines/fees for 14 days will result in accounts being forwarded to MRU Financial Services.
  • After fines are transferred to Financial Services, the Library can no longer accept payment or receive items that have gone to 'lost' status.
    • Students:
      • This may affect future registration or receipt of transcripts.
    • Community Borrower, Alumni, Retiree, TAL/COPPUL:
      • Financial Services will forward fines/fees to a collection agency and your account will be deactivated.

Food for Fines!

Every Tuesday bring non-perishable food donations to the Library Service Desk and we will reduce your overdue fines by $5.00



Keep items longer and avoid potential fines by renewing checked out material before it becomes overdue. Items may be renewed online from your Library Account, by phone 403.440.6019, or in person at the Service Desk.

  • Items may be renewed twice if there are no holds placed on them
  • Reserve items and equipment must be renewed in person
  • Renewals of Interlibrary loan materials may be requested, by contacting, but are not guaranteed. Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library

Lost Items

  • Items are assumed lost after 28 days overdue.
  • Item replacement cost and a $5 processing fee will be charged