For the past several years, we have tracked a decline in usage of direct borrowing with the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) accompanied by increasing fees. As a result, effective September 1, 2014, we are not renewing our direct borrower’s agreement with UTL. This agreement provided access for Ryerson faculty, staff and graduate students to browse collections and borrow items directly from U of T.
If access to U of T library collections is important for a faculty member or graduate student, three alternate methods are listed on this page.
Faculty and graduate students are strongly encouraged to regularly contact their subject librarian to suggest materials that merit inclusion in Ryerson’s collection. This is the best way to invest in building a collection that reflects the research needs of the university. Many materials that are not currently available at Ryerson can be easily purchased, at a much-reduced cost compared to the U of T direct borrowing fees.
Full details informing this decision, including usage data, are available in a report which was shared previously with Chairs, Deans and Directors, and discussed at length with the Academic Planning Group.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your subject librarian for further clarification.