Food for Fines is today!

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 the first Tuesday of every month and receive up to $5.00 off of their library account fines.  It is a maximum $5.00 reduction in fines per month.

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.

MRU Library Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavours

On Tuesday, May 5, beginning at 2:00pm in the Library Lounge, we will be celebrating our TWO winners for this year’s Scholarship Pay$: Mount Royal Library Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavours! Come on down to hear our University Librarian, Carol Shepstone, make a brief presentation to our winners and meet them over coffee and cookies. More information on the winners and their projects to come! 

For more information on Scholarship Pay$:


Join the Student Library Advisory Council

Drop by our meeting to:

  • be involved in Library events
  • contribute to Mount Royal University’s community
  • discuss Library services, issues and initiatives

The next Student Library Advisory Council meeting is on

April 7, 2015
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Library boardroom, G201

Oh…did we mention the FREE pizza?

For more information, email

Library Extended Hours

Do you need a place to focus for working on papers or studying for exams? The Mount Royal University Library’s extended hours begin on April 12th and run until April 28th. We will be open Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 1:00am and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00am. Drop by for puzzles and other fun stress-busting activities. Come see us in the evenings after 10:00pm for some Tender Library Care (TLC) with free hot coffee, tea and hot chocolate!

library extended hours winter 2015






New Library Lounge

The Library has reconfigured some space to bring you the Library Lounge!  This space, next to the library entrance, is an area for relaxing, reading and working.  We have lots of soft seating, stand-up computer stations, and outlets for you to plug into.  Our paperback collection, Zine collection, and our Just Arrived books are there for you to browse  and borrow.  Our current newspapers and  a selection of current magazines are there as well.  Come on in and relax!


Big Ideas Lounge

What is the Big Ideas Lounge?  A casual, facilitated discussion series that invites students to join a conversation that will foster critical thinking beyond the classroom.

Calling Bullshit: How to Lose Friends and  Alienate People
Thursday March 12-2 pm
2nd Floor Wyckham House

‘McDonald’s hamburgers don’t rot’, ‘Eating turkey makes you tired’, ‘Sugar makes children hyperactive’. Misinformation about science, health and the natural world abounds, much of it on social media.It is up to people to vet and judge the accuracy of the information they receive for themselves. Yet, the very nature of social interactions means that most of the information that we see and hear is relayed by our friends or acquaintances. Polite rules dictate that we don’t publicly disagree or embarrass others for a lack of critical thinking.

So what do you do when your friends spread misinformation?

Join Trevor Day, Professor of Biology at MRU, and Robyn Moody,  local artist and sceptic, to engage in a lively discussion about the challenges of negotiating touchy scientific topics with friends.

Light snacks will be provided.

Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors

Have you completed an outstanding student project? 
MRU Library’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Endeavors seeks to recognize student projects that incorporate effective use of information resources and demonstrate research skills. Individual student projects can be essays/papers, film projects, poster presentations, web or technology-based projects, honours theses or creative works. Students can compete for $1000 awards in either of 2 categories recognizing Junior and Senior projects.
For more information, and to learn about previous winners, please see the award website at:

Banned book readings

February 23-27 is Freedom to Read Week

Come listen to members of the MRU community as they read from banned and challenged books as a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to intellectual freedom, the right to creativity, and the free expression of ideas.

Where: Main Street in front of the Library
When: 12 – 1 pm all week, Feb. 23-27

If you would like to be a reader, please contact

FTRW is celebrated nationally in Canada. More information can be found here.


Chris Turner for Freedom to Read Week

In partnership with the Institute of Sustainability, the Library is proud to host a talk by award-winning author Chris Turner. He will be speaking to censorship in the sciences, the state of science teaching, and environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

Where: Room T107
When: 2 – 3 pm, Mon. Feb. 23rd
RSVP: Get your FREE ticket via our Eventbrite page

FTRW is celebrated nationally in Canada. More information can be found here.