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Report on Direct Borrowing from U of T Libraries

The following report provides details about Ryerson’s usage of the direct borrowing agreement with the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL).   This agreement allows Ryerson faculty, staff and graduate students to borrow directly from UTL Libraries.  The report includes statistics such as the number of borrowers, usage by department, and some analysis of borrowed titles.

3 thoughts on “Report on Direct Borrowing from U of T Libraries

  1. Hi Cecile — This is an interesting report, which seems to foreshadow the end of the agreement for Ryerson faculty and students to borrow from Robarts. I would just point out that if 41% of titles borrowed are already available at Ryerson, this means that 59% are not available in our library. I appreciate the point about it being less expensive to purchase these books than to pay for the borrowing privileges, but it takes time to purchase books, which means the non-Ryerson titles would often not be available in a timely way (for instance, for graduate students doing course assignments, or even faculty members working on conference papers or other work with a deadline). If the Robarts agreement were cancelled, would the Ryerson library be in a position to make a commitment to purchase missing titles, and how long might this take in most cases?

    Best regards,

  2. I read the report about the direct borrowing agreement with U of T. It concerns me directly. I am working on 2 historical research projects and need to use the U of T libraries extensively. To my knowledge I rarely borrow books from U of T that are available at RU. The Agreement is a treasure I deeply appreciate. I am an RU Professor Emerita. I’d be glad to discuss my experience with the Agreement if you wish.
    Beth Milroy

  3. Hello Gene and Beth, thanks for your comments. The direct borrowing agreement between Ryerson and U of T Libraries was not renewed for the 2014-15 year, which was recently communicated to Chairs, Deans, Directors and Graduate students through the Provost’s Office, as well as posted on the Library’s website yesterday.

    Faculty and grad students who wish to continue to access U of T’s collections have a number of options available to them, which are detailed on this page:

    Faculty are also encouraged to contact their subject librarian to request items not currently available in the collection. There is no plan to replicate the U of T’s collection in its entirety, which would not even be possible due to items which are rare/out of print. In cases such as these, the alternative methods of access referred to earlier will provide Ryerson researchers with options to continue working with these collections. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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