Community & TAL Users

Services | Community & TAL Users


St. Mary’s University (StMU) Library is a multi-disciplinary facility that welcomes users from the community. It is located on the campus of St. Mary’s University, just east from the Fish Creek – Lacombe LRT station, across McLeod Trail. If you have problems finding your way around the library or using these resources, the Library staff are available to answer questions or conduct one-on-one reference interviews.

Community & TAL users have:

  • access a collection of materials with over 30,000 titles;
  • consult over specialized reference tools in subjects that include art, film, literature, religious studies, and sociology; and
  • view on-site over 1000 videos (VHS & DVD).

Community Card

St. Mary’s University Library can provide community users with a Community User library card. This card costs $10.00 per year and provides you with access to a wide variety of materials. Community Users can borrow up to 50 books at one time.

  • You can get a Community Borrower Card by coming to the Information Desk in the Library;
  • Get a PIN to renew your books online;
  • All you need to set up your card is a photo ID with current contact information, phone number and email address;
  • The card will be valid from the date of issue to the same date the following year (example: Sept 20, 2016 to Sept 20, 2017); and
  • The card can be renewed after the 1 year expiry by submitting any contact information changes and the $10.00 per year fee.

PLEASE NOTE: Community Users can borrow 2 week loan materials only and do not have borrowing privileges for multi-media materials.

TAL Card

You can use your TAL Card at St Mary’s University Library, as our library is a member of The Alberta Library (TAL). If you do not have a TAL Card, get one from other libraries in which you are a member (example: you have a Mount Royal Card, ask them to issue you a TAL Card).

  • Register your TAL Card at the Information Desk in the library;
  • Up to 5 books can be borrowed at one time;
  • Get a PIN to renew your books online;
  • The books can be returned to any TAL member library;
  • Cards must be current; cards that are past the expiry date will not be accepted.

PLEASE NOTE: TAL Users can borrow 2 week loan materials only and do not have borrowing privileges for multi-media materials.

Computers & Electronic Resources

St. Mary’s University Library maintains 8 computers for research purposes. Computer access for public users is available on these terminals via a guest login. If you require computer access, please ask at the Library Information Desk. At the Library you can search through a large number of online resources, including reference resources, journal collections, and databases.


  • While all electronic resources are accessible to public users from onsite in the Library, not all of those indexed in the Library’s Electronic Resources Directory are accessible remotely/off-campus;
  • Some publicly accessible internet resources may not have explicitly posted their copyright information and/or Access terms & Conditions of Use. They should be assumed to be under copyright. However, you may still use these resources by exercising your fair dealing rights.

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