MRU Library

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.


Open Access Week events at MRU – October 20 – 28

Monday October 20th 10:00 am-11:30 am Location: T107

Open Textbooks: Opening the doors to education (Webinar)
Amanda Coolidge, Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, will provide an overview of the BC Open Textbook Project. She will share with faculty the challenges and successes of open education and provide resources to help faculty adopt, adapt or create their own open educational resources.
Sponsored by: Mount Royal University Library

Monday October 20, 1:00-2:00 pm Location: Library Boardroom (G201)

OA Week Kickoff Event (Webinar)
This panel representing research funders, university administrators, and scholarly societies will discuss how Open Access affects scholars and researchers at different stages of their careers, and how institutions can support researchers in making their work Open.
Presented by: World Bank and SPARC

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Webinar on Open Textbooks – October 20

MRU Library Open Access Week Speaker Series:

Open Textbooks: Opening the doors to education

In October 2012, the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education announced its support for the creation of open textbooks for the 40 highest-enrolled first and second year subject areas in the province’s public post-secondary system. In May 2014 we received funds for a further 20 open textbooks for skills training and technical programs to support the priorities in B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.

Amanda Coolidge, Manager of Open Education at BCcampus, will provide an overview of the BC Open Textbook Project. She will share with faculty the challenges and successes of open education and provide resources to help faculty adopt, adapt or create their own open educational resources.

Live webcast: Monday October 20th 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Room: T107

Break Up Your Day presentation on October 14 from 10-11:30 am

Break Up Your Day
What is the “sitting disease”
Do you have it? What can you do about it?

Hosted by Mount Royal University’s Library, this presentation will examine the evidence behind “sitting disease” and the damaging effects of a sedentary lifestyle, particularly at work. The presenters, Dr. Trevor Day and Dr. Nishan Sharma will also discuss some preliminary data from their own investigations on the effects of sitting and discuss some future directions of their work.

October 14, 2014
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
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10th Annual United Way Book Sale!

The 10th Annual Library United Way Book Sale is happening on Thurs Nov 13th, 2014!

Join the cause by donating:

  • until Nov 12th
  • at the Library Admin office (G201)
  • or the Library Circulation Desk (G100)

Shop at the Sale – 9 am to 4 pm in front of the Library:

  • new and used books, CDs, DVDs, videos, albums and more
  • fiction and nonfiction
  • recently published textbooks
  • $1/item

All proceeds go to the United Way of Calgary.

Library Catalogue Outage

In order to update security,  the library catalogue will be intermittently unavailable Thursday April 17 between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

You may encounter 404 error messages when searching the catalogue or when linking to books from the discovery search tool.

Access to databases will NOT be affected by this outage, thanks for your patience.

Food for Fines!

Help out your fellow students and save some $$$…

From Tuesday, March 25th to Thursday, March 27th, 2014, the Library will take up to $5.00 off your fines with a donation to the Student Food Bank.

Items in high demand include: powdered or canned milk; canned tuna, salmon or meat; canned fruits and vegetables; sugar, coffee, and tea; peanut butter; 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 440-6019 or drop by the Circulation / Reserve Desk for more information.