MRU Library

Upcoming Events in the Ideas Visualization Lounge

We have a number of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks, open to the public and free to attend!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

  • EDUC 4107 Student Exhibit – see what the students have been working in the Maker Studio to create!
    • 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • SEd Talks: Should Scientists Care About Science Fiction? – Todd Nickle
    • 4:00pm – 5:00pm
    • Complementary pizza!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

  • Viz Wall Movie Viewing – Nightmare Before Christmas
    • 7:00pm – 10:00pm
    • Complementary  snacks!
    • Register here

Friday, October 27, 2017

  • SEd Talks: Your Car is Learning to Drive. Are you ready to Hand Over the Keys? – Alan Fedoruk
    • 11:00am-12:00pm





Who is the Maker Studio For?

With the beginning of the school year, and all the happenings that go along with that, I started to reflect once again as to who and what is the Maker Studio for. It is refreshing to take a step back and see how it is coming together, and how it is started to be used after all this planning. I find it very moving to see the space for community and creation that we have developed at the university. The equipment in the space isn’t just a 3D printer or a sewing machine, they are tools to connect people. Tools for people to expand their possibilities and give them the option to exercise their agency in new ways.

When a faculty member comes in saying he wants to design a skeleton to which he can attach functional muscles, he’s using the 3D printer for his community of practice. It is not only for his benefit, but it is for the benefit of a community of peers and students who are learning and working together.

When someone from the community walks in and wants to practice sewing because she got a job as a seamstress, the Maker Studio is strengthening the university’s relationship with the surrounding community. But the space is also doing something I find pretty special. It is giving that person a space to be the best that she can be. She is trying her darnest to be the best seamstress that she can be at her new position. The Maker Studio is a safe environment where she can practice, learn from what went wrong, and bring her refined skills back to her workplace.

And of course, there are the students. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had the privilege of working with Education students. Hear what their thoughts are on makerspaces and how they may be used in their schools and classrooms as they become teachers. How the space may be used for differentiated learning and asking ‘what is the best tool for the process we are learning?’ and not the other way around. It was also absolutely wonderful to see the students problem solve their understanding of the philosophy of the social studies curriculum through using the tools in the Maker Studio. They all rose to the challenge to try something new and embrace this process of creation with its successes and failures. They helped each other figure out their projects and it was truly awesome to see.

Sometimes I have to stop myself from saying MY space when talking about the Maker Studio. But I guess it is my space, and it is OUR space. It is a space for people to come in and create, share, have fun. Be a community. The Mount Royal University community. What is the Maker Studio for? To learn new ways to be. Who is it for? Everyone.

-Sandra X.

Join us for S.Ed Talks this Friday!

The Students Society of Science and Technology is pleased to present Jonathan Mee and his presentation, Sex, Lies & Hybrids: The Natural History, Diversity and Evolution of Fishes on Friday, September 29, 2017.

This event will take place in the Ideas Visualization Lounge (EL1270) and run from 11:00am-12:00pm.

Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!


Swipe to Release Printing!

Our campus card swipe to release printing is up and running! We now have four printers in the Computer Commons and a printer in the Printing Rooms on each floor. Make sure you have a balance on your printing account by using a Pcounter deposit station on campus. After selecting print from one of our computers or from your device using, go to one of our printers in the MRU Library and swipe your campus card to release your print job. You will have to register with the system once using your MyMRU username and password and then after that it will be just a swipe each time. If you forget your campus card, you can release your print job with your MyMRU username and password. Have a colour print job? Our colour printer is in the first floor printing room.

Persistent links to Library resources have changed

The Library’s proxy server has been updated in order to address some security concerns and improve performance.  The proxy server allows users to access our licensed resources from off-campus.  As part of this work, it has been necessary to change the proxy prefix, or the string of text at the beginning of persistent URLs to licensed journal articles, ebooks, and streaming videos.  The proxy prefix, added to the beginning of a link, allows MRU students, staff, and faculty to access that content from off campus.

The majority of URLs in Blackboard and WordPress have been updated automatically.  However, some older links, or links that are embedded in another document (such as a MSWord document, a Google Doc, or a PDF) will not have been updated.  Instructors, please check that your links are working from off-campus, and use the new prefix for any new links you may add to your courses. Our link builder may assist with this.

Old proxy prefixes are:

New prefix is:

If you have any questions about this project or would like assistance updating links, please contact your Subject Librarian, Andrew Reil (; 440-7002), or ask at the RLLC’s Service Desk.

Food for Fines Every Tuesday

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 any Tuesday to receive up to $5.00 off of their library overdue fines.  It is a maximum $5.00 reduction in overdue fines per Food for Fines Tuesday.

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 Service Desk for more information.

Yes, We Are Open!

The Riddell Library and Learning Centre is now open! The Mount Royal University Library’s hours are:

  • Monday to Friday     8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday and Sunday     Closed

Starting August 15th until September 3rd:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday     Closed
  • September 4th , Labour Day     Closed

For additional Library hours, see our MRU Library home page and click on the View hours by month link

Express Service Suspended Until We Move

We are closing down the Self Check in the current Library space. There is a sign directing patrons to the Circulation Desk to check out their materials. Express Service will start again with our new Self Checks when we open in the Riddell Library and Learning Centre.