Mount Royal University Library

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Mount Royal University Library

Mount Royal University Library (MRU) is a public university in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It was established in 1910.

History of Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University was established on December 16, 1910 by the Arthur Sifton government by Alberta provincial charter and officially opened on September 8, 1911. Originally “Mount Royal College”, the institution was owned by Calgary Reverend George W. Kirby (1860-1944) who sought higher education opportunities for the benefit of youth from rural homes in the area. R.B. The provincial charter presented to the legislature by Bennett was titled “Bill 48, An Act respecting Calgary College”, although Premier Sifton, Kirby and others agreed not to use Calgary for the new college’s name.

Mount Royal became a post-secondary institution in 1931 as Mount Royal Junior College (MRC) offered transfer courses to the University of Alberta and later to the University of Calgary. In 1972 Mount Royal moved from several buildings in suburban Calgary to a new campus in Lincoln Park that had previously been used as an air force base. A war memorial honor roll is dedicated to Mount Royal alumni who volunteered for active service in the Canadian Forces.

Mount Royal University was granted university status by the provincial government in 2009. The university currently offers 12 degrees and 32 majors with an average class size of 29 students.

In 2017, Mount Royal University was awarded the Ashoka Changemaker Campus designation, joining 44 universities that are leading higher education in social innovation and change.

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Academics Faculty

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Faculty of Arts

• Study economics, justice, and policy.
• English, Language and Culture.
• Humane.
• Interior design.
• Psychology
• Sociology and Anthropology.

Bisset School of Business

• Accounting
• Aviation
• Financing.
• General management.
• Human resources.
• Innovation and entrepreneurship.
• International business.
• Marketing.
• Social innovation.
• Supply chain management.

School of Communication Studies

• Broadcast Media Studies
• Data design.
• Journalism.
• Public relations

Faculty of Health, Community and Education

• Child Studies and Social Work.
• Education.
• Health and Physical Education.
• School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Faculty of Science and Technology

• Biology
• Chemistry and Physics.
• Earth and Environmental Sciences.
• Mathematics and Computing.
• Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension.


• Institute for Community Development.
• Institute for Environmental Sustainability.
• Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
• Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.
• International education.


• Center for Community Disaster Research.
• Inniskim Centre.

• Trico Changemakers Studio.


Mount Royal University Library

Mount Royal University officially opened the Riddell Library and Learning Center on September 7, 2017, replacing the previous library that opened in 1972. The Riddell Library is named after Clay Riddell, a Calgary businessman who made a significant donation to the project. The $100 million facility has more than 16,000-square-meters of space, 34 study rooms, 1,700 seats, access to 3D printing and even a cafe.


Mount Royal University’s athletic nickname is the Cougars. The Cougars moved to the top level of amateur athletics in Canada for the 2012–13 season, the Canada West Conference of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (since renamed U Sports). The university supports eight teams competing in men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, soccer and volleyball. .

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