Riddell Library & Learning Centre

The Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC)

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A new page for MRU library; $85.8 M deal from province will help build stand-alone facility

August 19, 2014 — On November 5, 2013, Mount Royal University (MRU) announced it had secured funding to construct a new, stand-alone library which, at four times the current space, will support the academic excellence of its students.

The Alberta government has committed $85.8 million for the construction of what has been a top capital priority for Mount Royal University (MRU) since 2005. The government funding, along with a donation from Calgary’s Riddell family, will result in a state-of-the-art library and learning centre that takes MRU’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning to higher levels. With a strong community component, the facility will be a flagship cultural institution in Calgary for all citizens to enjoy.

“Mount Royal wants to deeply thank the Government of Alberta and the Riddell family for these gifts that will allow our institution to move forward and build a modern library and learning centre of academic excellence. Students need a space where they can study, think, exchange ideas and create new ones, where they can experiment and fail before they succeed. The library is where it happens. It’s where our students evolve into the young, bright adults they become when they leave Mount Royal and go on to be future leaders and great citizens of tomorrow,” said University President David Docherty, PhD.

The new facility will be named the Riddell Library and Learning Centre in recognition of the gift from the Riddell family to the Changing the Face of Education campaign – MRU’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date.

Then Deputy Premier and Minister of Enterprise and Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk said, “Mount Royal University is an important part of Campus Alberta and I’m pleased to see this library is designed to accommodate students and new ways of learning.”

Since becoming a university in 2009, the Alberta government has continued to support university-level scholarship at Mount Royal. The design phase of the new facility is completed, and construction will begin in the spring of 2014. A scheduled opening is expected in early 2017.

Mount Royal’s current library was built in 1972. Since that time, student numbers have grown and Mount Royal has evolved from a college to a university. Libraries themselves have evolved beyond books to include digital and electronic resources. With almost 16,000 square metres of functional space, the Riddell Library and Learning Centre will be four times larger than the existing library space. It will be able to meet the needs of today’s undergraduate students by offering flexible, multimedia teaching spaces, a student Learning Commons, group study rooms and media production rooms, all supported by the latest technology. Group-use rooms will increase from three today to 34. The number of student seats will nearly triple from 570 today to 1,496.

The new building will also be the third LEED standard building on campus and MRU’s second LEED Gold standard facility.

“This is incredibly important to student success,” says Carol Shepstone, university librarian. “To be able to have access to a fully-fledged, university library – the expertise, the technology and the collections – is absolutely key for the success of our students.”

"MRU has fabulous library staff and faculty. To now have the facility to match the level of talent here is astounding. The potential is unlimited. The talent at Mount Royal will flourish.”

For more information, please contact:
Alyssa Berry, Media Relations Officer
Marketing and Communications
Office of University Advancement
Mount Royal University
Office: 403.440.8885
aberry@mtroyal.ca