Did you know the Library Reserve Collection includes required textbooks for a variety of courses currently offered at MRU?
The Students’ Association of Mount Royal University (SAMRU) and the Library partner every semester to purchase new textbooks from the MRU Bookstore that are kept behind the Library Service Desk. The selection covers a variety of subjects and new additions to the collection are often decided based on demand from students as well as course popularity and class size.
“Partnering with SAMRU on the Textbook Purchase Program helps us to make as many assigned textbooks available for loan to students as possible” says Library Public Services Associate Dean Katharine Barrette. “Assigned textbooks already held by the Library are moved down to Reserves each semester but SAMRU’s contribution to this partnership is what helps us to add new texts each semester and provide more free access to required readings for our students. The MRU Bookstore also gives this project a discount on each book purchased so our shared budget for book-buying goes further.”
Many of the popular books in the Reserve Collection are available to students on a two hour loan while others can be borrowed for up to one week. Having course textbooks available for students to borrow is typically seen as a convenient option for students while on campus—this allows them to stop in to the Library and review course content before an exam. But there are a portion of Library users who rely on this resource as a temporary measure while managing their finances.
“SAMRU partners to support the Library Reserve Collection to help make textbooks more accessible and affordable for students,” says Cordelia Snowdon, SAMRU Vice-President, Academic. “This program helps ensure that students do not have to choose between their finances and academic success, and represents our commitment to learning excellence.”
The recent Fall/Winter 2018 textbook purchase allowed us to bring in textbooks for 36 courses offered here at MRU, which means that 1,800 students now have free access to their course text.
Find textbooks the Library has available in the Reserve Collection by using LibrarySearch Course Reserve function. Enter the course name in the search tool and review results to find relevant materials available at the Service Desk.