MRU postpones library plans pending government funding

April 22, 2013

Mount Royal University has postponed designing its long-awaited new library until securing the rest of once-promised government funding. However, president David Docherty is optimistic the institution will land the $55-million capital funding needed to move forward. In 2007, MRU drew up plans to construct a 16,000-square-metre facility with about 1,500 student seats. Building the new library was widely billed as an important step in transitioning Mount Royal from a college to a university, and Docherty has declared it his number-one priority since becoming president 2 years ago. In last year's election campaign, Premier Alison Redford pledged to spend $650 million over 3 years on PSE construction projects, including $85.5 million for MRU's Library and Learning Centre. But now the government is stretching that commitment to 5 years. MRU will still get $30 million over 3 years under the new budget, and Docherty expects the remaining sum to come the following year. He says campus administrators are looking for a written promise on the rest of the funding before hiring a construction firm and project managers. Calgary Herald