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Booking our spaces

In keeping with our mission, the Library spaces in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre are designed to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship-related activities of our students, staff, faculty, and community.  

Below are details about the design and features of our bookable spaces, and information about how to book each.

See Guidelines on Use of MRU Library Spaces for more information.

Our spaces

 

These rooms provide the space and technology to facilitate and support group or collaborative work and study.  Further details on each room are available in the booking system, from boardroom-style 5-seat rooms to 10-seat presentation practice rooms containing projection and presentation technologies. A variety of quiet individual seating is available throughout the Library.

We ask that users respect the intended use of these rooms. In times of high demand, groups will be given priority, and individuals in rooms may be asked to relocate.

  • MRU students, faculty, and staff may book these rooms directly through the Library website.  An @mtroyal.ca email address is required
  • External community members may use the rooms when there are no bookings on a first come, first served basis.
Ideas Lounge (EL1270)

Ideas Lounge

The Ideas Lounge provides access to space and technology which enables users to engage in interactive, visual learning and design of digital projects in support of their research, coursework or personal interest.  It is also designed to host events and presentations such as public lectures, exhibits, workshops and other interactive showcases.

  • This room is available for MRU students, faculty, and staff to book via the MRU Library website. An @mtroyal.ca email address is required.
  • Users that require the support of our designers and/or visualization experts should book at least  two weeks in advance.
  • This room contains specialized technology.  Users are required to meet with a member of our Visualization Team to determine training and support needs before the requested booking can be confirmed.  We will contact you to arrange training time.
  • When the room is not booked, it is an open study space.

 

The Immersion Studio (EL3345)

The Immersion Studio allows for projection of images or information on all four walls of the room at the same time, creating a unique 360° experience for teaching, learning and research. 

  • Available for booking by faculty, students, and staff
  • Users are required to consult with Visualization Specialist Anna Nuhn, anuhn@mtroyal.ca and/or Media Designer Matt Laidlow, malaidlow@mtroyal.ca prior to using this space.
  • Please book as far in advance as possible, due to the specialised technology a minimum of two weeks advance notice is required

 

The Visualization Classroom (EL1441)

The Visualization Classroom is now open.

Please contact the Library’s Outreach Lead, Courtney Montgomery, at cmmontgomery@mtroyal.ca with questions or to book these spaces.

The Library contains a variety of meeting that may be booked for teaching and learning opportunities.

MRU Library is pleased to liaise with you to support programming in one or more of our spaces. Please contact the Library’s Outreach Lead, Courtney Montgomery, at cmmontgomery@mtroyal.ca with questions or to book these spaces.

Room capacity and layout information is approximate and may be lower dependent upon additional furniture, layout and audio-visual needs.

 

Ideas Lounge (EL1270)

 

Ideas LoungeThis room provides access to space and technology which enables users to engage in interactive, visual learning and design of digital projects in support of their research, coursework or personal interest.  It is also designed to host programming such as public lectures, exhibits, workshops and other interactive showcases.

  • Capacity: 60 to 80 
  • Accessibility: Elevators, washrooms, accessible washrooms
  • Features: Interactive, high resolution touch capable display, video recording (front and rear cameras), video conferencing, surround sound speaker system, 5 wireless microphones
Layout Furniture Capacity
Theatre Chairs - rows 60 guests
Reception 6 - 7 cocktail tables 80 guests

 

The Atrium (EL1261)
 

Atrium

The Atrium is a large open space located outside and adjacent to the Ideas Lounge. A variety of layout options, beneath the stunning lightwell, makes this space an enticing extension of the Ideas Lounge or a central stand-alone space:

  • Capacity: 40-60
  • Accessibility: Elevators, Washrooms, Accessible Washrooms
  • Features: Open and central; adjacent to the Ideas Lounge
Layout Furniture Capacity
Theatre Chairs - rows 40 guests
Reception 4 - 6 cocktail tables 40 - 60 guests

 

Formal Library Boardroom (EL4201)

 

Formal BoardroomPerfect for meetings and receptions, this stunning and centrally-located boardroom boasts technology to support variety of needs overlooking the Grand Staircase:

  • Capacity: 20-50
  • Accessibility: Elevators, Washrooms, Accessible Washrooms
  • Features: projectors, screens and monitor, teleconferencing capability, sound system, glass whiteboards, sink, side tables and countertop.
Layout Furniture Capacity
Meeting Boardroom tables and chairs 20 - 25 guests
Reception 6 cocktail tables 50 guests

 

The Bubble (EL3249)

 

The BubbleThe Bubble is an intimate glassed space located on the 3rd floor of the library near the Fireplace Lounge. Perfect for a smaller gathering or informal lecture, the room contains soft living-room-style seating and several low coffee tables that can be moved for various layouts.

  • Capacity: 30
  • Accessibility: Elevators, Washrooms, Accessible Washrooms
  • Features: Glass-walled and open; adjacent to collections and Fireplace Lounge
Layout Furniture Capacity
Living room Soft, movable armchairs 30 guests

 

Showcase and Exhibit Space (EL4113)

 

The 4th floor Showcase and Exhibit Space is a flexible, open environment that can accommodate a variety of events, exhibits and receptions. It is located adjacent to the Formal Boardroom and can be used concurrently with that room.

Capacity: 100-250

Accessibility: Elevators, Washrooms, Accessible Washrooms

Features: Stunning views of The Bella concert hall and MRU campus. Open, flexible space for a variety of event  and exhibit styles

Layout Furniture Capacity
Banquet 14, 5 ft rounds of 8 112 guests
Theatre Chairs, rows 250 guests
Reception 12 - 15 Cocktail tables 100 - 150 guests

Maker StudioThe Library’s Maker Studio provides access to space, technologies, tools and supports to enable users to engage in collaborative hands-on tactile learning, creation and design of physical and digital projects for teaching, learning, scholarship and personal interest. The space is designed to host individuals and small classes as well as specialized presentations such as public lectures, workshops and other learning opportunities which align with and complement Library and University programming and initiatives. 

  • This space as well as the individual resident tools and equipment are available for MRU students, faculty, and staff to book via the MRU Library website. 
  • As the Maker Studio contains specialized technology, tools and materials, a Library staff member must be present at all times the Maker Studio or resident tools or equipment are in use.
  • Users are required to meet with the Maker Studio Specialist to complete the Maker Studio Safety Orientation and determine additional training and support needs before the requested booking can be confirmed.  We will contact you to arrange this training.
  • We require 1 week notice for custom programming or workshops requiring the use of the entire the Maker Studio.  
  • For inquiries and/or further information, please contact the Maker Studio at makerstudio@mtroyal.ca or at 403.440.7051

Audio Production RoomAudio Production Rooms (EL2451A & B) expand on your approach to teaching and learning or help you to finally create that passion project. Library users have an opportunity to pursue a multitude of digital audio projects with the help of specialized sound recording equipment and software. This is the ideal space to produce a podcast, conduct and record interviews, edit audio files, or compose a musical masterpiece.

This suite is equipped with all the technology and equipment you need to create your next audio/video production. ​​​Supporting equipment such as microphones and headphones can be borrowed from the Service Desk. For booking information and a list of available hardware and software, consult the Audio Production Rooms page.

Library ClassroomThe Library’s two computer lab classrooms provide space and technology for Library instruction and programming including teaching and workshops requiring a computer lab setting. During weekdays, the classrooms are reserved for Library instructional activities and programming; when not booked, they are open computer lab spaces.

These spaces may be booked for activities requiring a lab setting after 5pm on weekdays, or during open Library hours on weekends. Booking enquiries can be made to Katharine Barrette, Associate Dean, University Library, Public Services, at kbarrette@mtroyal.ca

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