Using the Library

Services for the Public

Research AssistanceNeed help researching a paper, locating a statistic, or finding useful information on the Internet?

  • Visit the library's Information Desk for in-person assistance (please refer to our hours of service)
  • Email us your question through the Ask the Library Service
  • Speak to Information Desk staff at 403-440-6088

Borrowing Materials

Community Borrowers

  • Free MRU card by presenting government ID
  • 10 item limit from the Main Collection
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals
  • Individuals under 18 years of age applying for a Community Borrower card will need their parent or guardian to sign our borrowing agreement form
  • MRU Library is piloting an Interlibrary Loan program for Community Borrowers and Alumni. For more information, and to place requests, see ILL for Alumni & Community Borrower 

The Alberta Library (TAL) card

  • If you are member of another Alberta library you may request a TAL card from your library which will allow you to borrow from MRU library
  • 10 item limit from the Main Collection
  • 3 week loan, with 2 online renewals


  • Students, staff and faculty from participating University Libraries across Canada are eligible to borrow material from the Mount Royal Library.
  • You must have a reciprocal borrowing card from your own institution. See the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more information on obtaining a card.
  • You can borrow up to 50 items for a 3 week loan, and can have up to two online renewals.
  • Interlibrary loan services are available to COPPUL members from outside Calgary.

Electronic Resources

Members of the community may access Mount Royal University Library's subscription electronic resources (e.g. research databases or e-journals) onsite only, from the public access computers located in the Mount Royal Library.

Many Alberta public libraries offer their members off-site access to some popular electronic resources (e.g. the Calgary Public Library and the Marigold Library system).

Computer Facilities

Some computer workstations in the library are available for public use. These computers are intended for research and use may be restricted for this purpose during periods of high demand. Cash printing and photocopying are also available