Collection Development

The Collection Services Team coordinates the evaluation, selection, acquisition, licensing, organization and preservation of the library collections, in all formats, in a timely, accurate and accountable manner.

Collections

The Ryerson Library collection consists of over 500,000 print volumes, over 1,300 print journal titles, and over $2.9 million of electronic resources, including approximately 80,000 e-journals, 500,000 e-books, almost 400 databases and indexes, geospatial data, and catalogued websites or electronic documents. Most of the electronic resources can be accessed remotely by Ryerson community members with Internet access, although authentication of Ryerson Library registration is required for access to all commercial resources. The Library acquires materials to support the curriculum taught at the university and to support the research needs of faculty. All hard copy materials are housed in the Library building at Gould and Victoria Streets.

Policies

Librarians and faculty cooperate to develop the Library’s collection. The selection process is coordinated by the Collection Services Team of the Library, which meets regularly. Recommendations for the purchase of materials are accepted from faculty, staff, and students via librarians but final responsibility for the selection of library resources lies with librarians. The following policies have been developed by the Collection Services Team: