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Ideas Lounge

Located on the first floor, the Ideas Lounge is an exciting gathering space, designed to support Library and campus programming with public lectures, presentations, workshops, showcases and other interactive events. Surrounded by glass and featuring a retractable glass wall this space can be booked with or without the use of the atrium. The state-of-the-art interactive visualization wall is ideal for large-scale displays and the Ideas Lounge is also an exciting new teaching, learning and research space enabling unique exploration and deep understanding of information (text, data, video, image, etc.) across all subject areas. The large-scale display, along with an enhanced sound system and recording and streaming capabilities, creates a special experiential learning experience in an engaging public setting.

The Visualization Classroom provides access to the same technology in a more “standard” classroom setting.

Standard: 35; Theatre seating: 60; Cocktail reception: 80; Banquet: 48

numbers are subject to change

The Ideas Lounge can be booked for programming such as: workshops, exhibits, teaching, TED talks, research presentations or personal interest. MRU faculty, staff, students and community members can request to book this space.

For booking related inquiries please contact Courtney Montgomery, Library Outreach Lead at

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  • This can be reserved by MRU students, faculty or staff by contacting Courtney Montgomery, Library Outreach Lead at
  • We generally require 3 weeks of notice for events that require catering or customized furniture setups in this space
  • Users are required to attend a 1 hour training session prior to their booking being confirmed.
  • When the room is not booked, it is an open study space

Consultation is not required prior to booking this space.

Drop-in sessions will be held alternate Wednesdays from 10 am to 11 am in the Visualization Classroom but are subject to change, please check on the Library Programming Calendar.

Drop-in sessions offer an opportunity to discuss or test your upcoming reservations or content face-to-face with a visualization staff member.

If you wish to attend a drop-in session you do not need to register online, just go directly to the Visualization Classroom (EL1441).

Users must attend a 1-hour training session prior to their booking being confirmed.

Sign up for a Visualization Wall Training Session with the MRU Visualization Team in the Ideas Lounge (EL1270)

Training sessions are held alternate Mondays from 10 am to 11 am in the Ideas Lounge but are subject to change, please check the Library Programming Calendar.

What we will cover:

  • How to operate the visualization wall(s)
  • How to connect and display your content on the wall(s)
  • Room features including; video conferencing and video recording
  • Visualization wall programming including; MRU content showcases, drop-in hours, consulting, and more!

When the visualization wall in the Ideas Lounge is not in use we will be showcasing a curated program of content that is focused on demonstrating MRU’s impact and we welcome you to contribute to our content portfolio.

  • If you are interested in producing media for or submitting content to be displayed on our visualization wall please send a description of your idea/your submission to Matt Laidlow,
  • Submissions are subject to the editorial review of the MRU Library Visualization Team.
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Tools and technology

This interactive high resolution display can be used to view and manipulate large amounts of information (data, text, video, etc.) at one time in a single display, or to view and display multiple channels of content over smaller segmented or 'split' screens.

  • 18 -  55" LCD monitors (3x6) with multitouch glass overlay
  • Wall dimensions: 7.29 m (w) x 2.05 m (h)
  • Wall resolution: 37, 324, 800 pixels (11, 520 (w) x 3, 240 (h) pixels), 72 dpi

Connecting your content

  • Resident Windows desktop
  • HDMI laptop connection
  • Wireless devices (mobiles, tablets, laptops) using WePresent

The computer in the Ideas Lounge is loaded with software to enable various uses of the wall. Broad categories of software available include:

  • presentation preparation/delivery
  • data analysis/visualization
  • photo/video editing
  • drawing/sketching
  • media players

For a full list of software available in the Ideas Lounge please check out the Find Software tool, search by location 'Ideas Lounge'

Technology features

  • Video recording (front and rear wall mounted cameras)
  • Video conferencing (Polycom, Skype, Hangouts etc.)
  • 5 wireless microphones (2 lapel, 2 handheld, 1 gooseneck)
  • Presenter clicker (borrow from the Service Desk)
  • Wireless keyboard and mouse for resident windows desktop
  • Surround sound speaker system
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Yes, please contact Anna Nuhn at for more information.
Yes, come to one of our drop-in sessions, held on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 in the EL 1441, and test your content and/or ask questions
See the Find Software tool for a complete list of software, search by location 'Ideas Lounge'.
Contact Anna Nuhn at for a private training session.
Come to our drop-in session (Wednesday at 10 in EL1441) or book a private consultation with Anna Nuhn at or Sarah Stephens at
Contact Matt Laidlow at for information on how to share your content.
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MRU Library Visualization Team

Anna Nuhn, Emerging Technologies Specialist 

Matt Laidlow, Media Designer

Sarah Stephens, Digital Technologies Specialist

Courtney Montgomery, Outreach Lead