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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 request 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 (587-400-8044), 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 illacmr@mtroyal.ca 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

  • Individuals under 18 years of age applying for a Community Borrower card will need their parent or guardian to sign our borrowing agreement form

The Alberta Library (TAL) card

  • If you are member of another Alberta library you may request a TAL card from your library which will allow you to borrow from MRU library

COPPUL

  • Students, staff and faculty from participating University Libraries across Canada are eligible to borrow material from the Mount Royal Library.
  • You must have a reciprocal borrowing card from your own institution. See the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information on obtaining a card.
  • Interlibrary loan services are available to select members of universities from outside Calgary per the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA) – contact illacmr@mtroyal.ca for details and eligibility

Alumni

Borrowing Material

  • 25 item limit from the General Collection.
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals.
  • Request copies of journal articles and book chapters from other libraries using our Interlibrary Loan service. For more information, restrictions, applicable charges and to place requests see ILL for Alumni and Community Borrowers.
  • Make use of specialized spaces and attend programming and workshops. Keep an eye on the Library program calendar.

Accessing Material

Your OneCard is your library card

Retiree

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.
  • Make use of specialized spaces and attend programming and workshops. Keep an eye on the Library program calendar.

Accessing Material

Your OneCard is your library card

Loans & Fines

Loan Periods

Books

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

Videos/DVDs

1 week

Laptops + Wifi Hotspots

Semester loan (laptops)

3 weeks (hotspots)

Equipment

Loan periods vary, please contact the Service Desk

Fines

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 $100 in fines/fees for 14 days will result in student accounts being forwarded to MRU Financial Services.
    • this may affect future registration or receipt on transcripts.
    • after fines are transferred to MRU Financial Services the Library can no longer accept payment or receive items that have gone to 'lost' status.

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

Fine Amounts

  • Laptops - $10/day to a maximum of $180
  • Laptop power adapters and mice - $2/day to a maximum of $50
  • Short term equipment (chargers, adapters, cables) - $2/hr to a maximum of $50
  • Other equipment - $5/day to a maximum of $50
  • Reserve Collection - $2/hr to a maximum of $50
  • Recalled items - $2/day to a maximum of $50
  • Interlibrary Loans (ILL) - $5 non pickup fee & over due fines of $2/day

For all other Equipment and a complete listing of all library material fines and fees, please review the Schedule of Fines and Fees.


 

Renewals

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 illacmr@mtroyal.ca, 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 $15 processing fee will be charged