MRU Library Blog

SAMRU Partners with the Library to Buy Textbooks

Cordelia Snowdon (Left) and Katharine Barrette (Right) browse the Reserve Collection shelves behind the Service Desk on the main floor of the Library.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Alternate Study Spaces

Looking for an alternative place to study while the library is closed on December 2? Check out these spots:

Quiet Spaces
On campus
Wyckham House
Off Campus
T 126 — Tables and chairsEast gate – Starbucks tables & chairs350 seats in the Food CourtCalgary Public Library Branches: Alexander Calhoun, Signal Hill, Nichols Family
I 130 - Tables and chairsE wing – study carrels, including E13075 seats in the loungePhil and Sebastian - Marda Loop
T 219A — Study carrelsTim Horton’s – tables and chairs80% of the food outlets will be open until 3 pmIndigo Books Signal Hill
T 223A — Study carrelsI wing – tables and chairs, including I130Also seats available in level 2 lounge areaTim Hortons - Richard Way & Signal Hill Centre
Y 219 — Tables and chairsT wing – tables and chairs, carrels, lounge seatingStarbucks - Signal Hill Centre, 45th Ave, Marda Loop
EA 2004 —Tables, chairs and lounge seatingY wing – tables and chairs, carrelsSecond Cup - Signal Hill Centre
EA, EB, EC - Tables and chairs, lounge seating, Jugo Juice (EA)Monogram Coffee - 16th St
NHBR Coffee - 16th St

Take a look at our streaming video collections

Want to see what we have in our streaming video collections?  New content being added all the time

Our amazing streaming video collections can be embedded into Blackboard or viewed from home!

Films on Demand – large multidisciplinary collection

Over 6000 videos covering most subject areas. This database also lets you create playlists and make your own films by putting together clips from different videos!

 CBC streaming video and audio – CURIO – multidisciplinary, CBC

Contains video and radio content from the CBC. You can create your own account and playlists using this code: YP8C-LVK5

NFB Streaming Videos – CAMPUS – multidisciplinary, Canadian content focus
The National Film Board CAMPUS offers hundreds of films including documentaries, interviews, animated films and more on their website. Users can sign up for a  free accounts to create playlists and access teaching resources.

Kanopy – focus on arts and social sciences
This large collection of films covers all genres but is especially well-suited for use in Women’s Studies, Sociology, Race Studies, Communication, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology courses

See a complete list of our streaming video databases

Streaming Videos!

Want to see what we have in our streaming video collections?

Our amazing streaming video collections can be embedded into Blackboard or viewed from home!

Films on Demand

Over 6000 videos covering most subject areas. This database also lets you create playlists and make your own films by putting together clips from different videos!
Contains video and radio content from the CBC. You can create your own account and playlists using this code: YP8C-LVK5

NFB – Campus
The National Film Board CAMPUS offers hundreds of films including documentaries, interviews, animated films and more on their website. Users can create free accounts to create playlists and access teaching resources.

Kanopy
This large collection of films covers all genres but is especially well-suited for use in Women’s Studies, Sociology, Race Studies, Communication, Anthropology, Education, and Psychology courses