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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 request to book via the Library website with an @mtroyal.ca email address (required). All requests submitted are subject to review before approval.
  • Users can also contact the Outreach Lead (cmmontgomery@mtroyal.ca) directly with booking requests.
  • Users that require the support of 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 a 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 Emerging Technologies 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 specialized technology a minimum of three weeks advance notice is required

 

The Visualization Classroom (EL1441)

The Visualization Classroom is equipped with an interactive, large-scale display screen and is ideal for hosting classes, presentations and workshops.

  • Available for booking by faculty, students, and staff
  • This room contains specialized technology.
  • Users are required to consult 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 a training time.

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 spaces 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: 35 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
Standard Combination of tables and chairs in varying sizes 35 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

Faculty and staff temporary office (EL2246)

 

Mount Royal faculty and staff who require a quiet and distraction-free work space may request use of EL 2246. This short-term research and writing space is currently a pilot project open exclusively to faculty and staff whose work is based outside the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.  

  • This office may be booked by MRU faculty and staff for 8-hour blocks with a maximum booking length of 5 consecutive days
  • Additional bookings may be initiated after these 5 days if the room is not booked
  • Maximum consecutive days the room can be booked is 10
  • The space must be booked three weeks in advance
  • All booking requests are mediated with a guaranteed review/confirmation time of one business day. Bookings will be confirmed via email
     

Pick up the keys: Sign out a key from the Library Service Desk. Staff and faculty using the space are responsible for locking the space upon exit and keeping the keys for the duration of their booking. Keys must be returned to the desk when the booking concludes.  

 

Workspace for research assistants

 

Students working at Data Hub workstations

MRU Library offers co-working spaces for Research Assistants during the spring/summer months. Researchers have access to a devoted work space, a sense of community where they can connect, along with amenities accessible within the Library.

Researchers can book one of three Data Hub workstations available on the second floor, and also make use of other resources to help them succeed.

 

  • Lunch/ meeting room and private storage steps away from work area (sign out a lock at the Service Desk on the main floor)
  • Easy access to Library collections
  • On-site research support at the Service Desk
  • Data analysis software available on reserved desktops
  • Diverse seating with whiteboards throughout the building
  • Data visualization facilities with in-room experts and tech support
  • Copy and print rooms on all four levels
  • Wi-Fi
  • Barrow coffee shop with microwaves
  • Laptops available for loan at the Service Desk and additional desktops (including sit/stand) on the 2nd floor
  • Interlibrary loan request support
  • Microfilm/microfiche readers and scanners adjacent to microform collections
  • Proximity to the Archives on the 4th floor

 

Download a handout to post in your department office or share with new hires and current Research Assistants

Workspace for research assistants handout

 

 

The family room on the 2nd floor (EL2416) provides a comfortable and private space to tend to the special needs of our youngest library patrons.Family Room

This room is intended to provide a comfortable and private bookable space for parents to pump, feed or nurse in private. It is also an ideal meeting space for collaborators that need a place to study and work on group projects while caring for small children. The family room is not a general group meeting room; users who do not use the space for the intended purpose may be asked to leave or prevented from booking in future.

For a parent-child friendly space with additional amenities like a play area, microwave, fridge, etc, consider the Parent Room (F122) under Campus Equity and Meaningful Inclusion.

A key card to access this space can be picked up from the Service Desk on the main floor at the reserved booking time. Please return the key card to Service Desk at the end of your booked time to avoid late fees.

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