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Community services

Research assistance

Need help researching a paper, locating a statistic, or finding useful information on the Internet?

  • Visit the library's Service Desk for in-person assistance
  • Click the blue Ask Us button on the bottom right to send your question via chat
    • If chat is unavailable you can use the form to email your question
  • Speak to Service Desk staff at 403.440.6019

Borrowing material

  • Children enjoying the library25 item limit from our General Collection
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals

Community Borrowers

  • 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
  • MRU Library has an Interlibrary Loan program for copies of journal articles and book chapters from other libraries. For more information, restrictions, charges and to place requests, see ILL for Alumni & Community Borrowers

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


  • 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 for details and eligibility

Electronic resources

Off-campus access to MRU Library subscription electronic resources (including ebooks)  is restricted to current Mount Royal University students, faculty and staff.

Alumni, retirees, and members of the community may only access these resources in person from the public access computers located in the Mount Royal University Library.

Many Alberta public libraries offer their members off-site access to some popular electronic resources (e.g. the Calgary Public Library and the Marigold Library system).

Computer facilities

A number of computer workstations are available for public use. Cash printing and photocopying are also available.

Members of the community can access library computers by asking for the password of the day from the Library Service Desk.