MRU Library

Chat Reference Expanded Hours

Starting Thursday May 19 chat reference will be back online!

The Info Desk (now with chat!) will be open Monday to Friday 8-4:30 for the Spring semester and Monday to Friday 8:30-4 for the Summer semester.

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Student Awards for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors – Winners!

The Library is very pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the¬†Library’s Student Awards for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavours:
  • Stephanie Weber (Junior Award) for her paper “Culinary Imperialism: Chinese Food in New York, 1870-1943”
  • Steven Lilley (Senior Award) for his project “‘The Robot as an Entertainer’: Historical Consciousness and the Mechanical Music Controversy in America, 1906-1929”

The Library will be holding an award presentation ceremony for these two talented students to celebrate and recognize their outstanding scholarly achievements. We hope you can join us on May 30 from 1:00 Р2:00 in the Library Lounge.

Please feel free to share this invitation!

Food for Fines is NOW every Tuesday!

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Patrons (including faculty and staff) are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food donations to the library for the SAMRU Peer Support Centre Food Bank on any Tuesday to receive up to $5.00 off of their library account fines.  It is a maximum $5.00 reduction in fines per Food for Fines day.

Items in high demand include: powdered or canned milk; canned tuna, salmon or meat; canned fruits and vegetables; sugar, coffee, and tea; peanut butter; pasta and pasta sauce; baby food and baby formula.  There is also a great need for toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, baby care items, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

Even if you don’t have any Library fines, please consider making a donation, your generosity will be appreciated.

Please call 403-440-6019 or drop by the Circulation Desk for more information.

Library Construction During Reading Week

We will be tearing down our old green sorting room walls during Reading Week. Our apologies for the noise and distraction in the library during this time. Once the space is cleared, we will be putting in another student study area. Our CD and Sheet Music collections have moved to a nearby alcove. Please bear with us while we continue to try to meet students’ needs. And yes, we are also dreaming about all of the extra space in the new Riddell Library and Learning Centre!


Freedom to Read Week Events

This year the library is hosting the Banned Book Reader Series again, as well as a talk that will be presented by Scott Murray and Glen Ryland.  Details of both are outlined below!

Please Join MRU Library on Main Street for Freedom to Read Week!

When: February 22-26th 2016
Time: Noon-1pm
Mount Royal University Library is pleased to present the Banned Book Reader Series. Every day this week, join fellow students, faculty and staff as we read passages aloud from challenged and banned books to demonstrate our commitment to intellectual freedom. If you would like to sign up to be a reader, or would like more information about the event please contact

Denying and Affirming the Holocaust: The Challenges of Free Speech

When: Thursday February 25th 11:00-12:30pm
Where: Y222

After the copyright expired on Hitler’s anti-Semitic manifesto, Mein Kampf in 2015, an annotated version was published by the Institute for Contemporary History  as it’s now in the public domain. Could the republication offer new ways for academics to demystify the Nazi regime to better understand contemporary cases of racism and genocide? Or will it contribute to the spread of neo-fascist beliefs and encourage Holocaust denial? Please join Dr. Glen Ryland and Dr. Scott Murray as they discuss the contemporary challenges of Nazi history, Holocaust denial and free speech.

To register please visit

MRU Library’s Big Ideas Lounge

Let’s talk about trigger warnings and microaggressions in the classroom and beyond!

Where: Library Lounge (located in the library)

Date: Thursday January 21st,  2016

Time: 2-4pm

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to join this informal conversation about Trigger Warnings and Microagressions, led by MRU’s Patricia Kostouros and Rosalee Averin. The Big Ideas Lounge invites you to share your ideas and consider the views of others through engaging and thoughtful dialogue.

Snacks provided. Drop in or register here.  See you there!