MRU Library Blog

Join the Student Library Advisory Council

Current Mount Royal students interested in gaining experience on a council while helping to direct future changes to the University Library are encouraged to join the Student Library Advisory Council. Submit your statement of interest by Wednesday, October 30.

What is it? 
SLAC is a forum for gathering input and advice from MRU students about the University Library. Students on the council provide feedback on resources, services, spaces and programs, and help generate ideas for enhancing the student experience at the library.

When does it meet?
We plan to meet three times this year. The first meeting will be on November 7th from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Dates and times for next semester will be scheduled based on member availability.

What will you get out of it? 
This is an opportunity to contribute to future Library improvements that will better the student experience. Learn what the Library has to offer and how it operates while gaining committee experience to add to your resume. SLAC is also a great venue to meet other students from across campus over snacks or a light meal.

What is expected of student members? 
You are expected to attend and participate in meetings by sharing ideas and providing feedback about how to improve the Library, along with helping to strengthen communication between the Library and MRU students. We understand if your schedule requires you to arrive late or leave meetings early.

How do I apply?
Please submit your name and a brief paragraph describing your interest in joining SLAC, via email to the committee chair Alice Swabey, at, no later than October 30th.

Some Links to Library Resources Have Changed


Links to some Library resources have changed – updates to course materials may be required
The Library has implemented a new library services platform and some links are expiring. Please take the time to update your links to Library resources in Blackboard and in other teaching materials.  For more details on how to identify the types of links that will no longer be functional and how to retrieve the new links, please see our FAQ article. To make updates, please do a search from the Library homepage to find your item and retrieve its new link. For assistance, please contact your Librarian; for assistance with a large number of links please contact Susan Wilkinson, Public Services Supervisor, 403-440-7217 or visit the Library Service Desk in the RLLC.

MRU Library Launches New Service Platform – Providing More Privileges

Students, Faculty, and Staff will not only notice an updated look when they search for a book or article, they’ll also benefit from new policies that allow for more access to resources


As of June 13, 2018, the Mount Royal University community will have access to Library resources for an entire term and extended loan periods with the help of automatic renewals.

The MRU Library has adopted a new library services platform and with it comes updated policies that complement the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Library users will have access to more collection items for a longer period of time and benefit from an improved process that allows patrons to request borrowed items.

The Ex Libris Alma library platform and new LibrarySearch function replaces the Voyager management system that had been in place for close to 20 years. This new cloud-based service not only enhances the look and design of library search web pages, it also allows the Library to lift restrictions to better align with the present-day demands of academics. Additionally, it  streamlines daily tasks of Library service staff, providing even more opportunities for seamless access to our resources.

“The needs of academic communities have changed in recent years. Updating our library services platform is just one of the many ways we are actively adapting to support scholars here at Mount Royal University,” says Francine May, Associate Dean, Library Collections and Digital Services.

Changing needs of users mean policies must also keep up. Maximum fine limits will increase from $15 to $50, laptops can now be borrowed for a longer period of time, and main collection items will have term loan periods. A full list of policy changes can be found on our FAQ page.

“We are thrilled these new policies will open up access to our collections and allow us to expand on our mandate to support scholarship and learning,” says May who goes on to explain that Library users will have the ability to submit requests for items on loan, which will ensure their prompt return.

Frequent users of the Interlibrary loan service will notice that the sign in, notification, and request process has changed to accommodate this new service platform. Please take a moment to review the new process.

The MRU Library is one of many esteemed post-secondary institutions that have recently made the switch to Ex Libris Alma. Harvard University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Calgary are some of the many institutions from all over the world that have launched the same library management system.