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Information on Library resources and services for: Students | Instructors | Researchers

COVID-19: Library Services and Operations Update


For the most recent updates on resources and services, check the information for Students | Instructors | Researchers

NOTICE: Book returns and lending services
For questions regarding items on loan and borrowing services, including laptops and hotspots, please email:

Students with items currently on loan can keep them until further notice. Fines will be waived. For students needing to return items to the Library, please go to the Ryerson Campus Security office located at:

285 Victoria Street
Victoria Building (VIC)
1st floor


Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

As of 9 a.m Tuesday, March 17, the Ryerson Library building is closed until further notice. Core academic and SRC support services are in the process of being moved online. Reference and research help is available through virtual reference, email, and through online appointments. Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, databases, streaming services and more, remains available 24/7.

The Library’s Issac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab, located on the 3rd floor of the SLC, will be moving all tutorials online. The DME Lab will be closed to users until further notice, however access to information and tutorials will continue online. For details, and to participate in tutorials, visit: Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab or email:

Library areas and services:


See below for information on continued services and access to online resources.

Update: Monday, March 16, 2020

Students with items currently on loan may keep them until further notice. Fines will be waived.

We encourage students not to return items at this time. If you must return items, please note they may not be available for a period of time.

Laptop and selected reserve items will be available for extended loan to help ensure students are able to complete courses and carry on their studies.

All research and reference help has been moved online via the virtual Ask-a-Librarian service, email, or through online appointments. Please see listings below for details.

All digital resources including electronic articles, ejournals, ebooks, online course materials and ereserves, as well as data sets and streaming media, remain available to faculty, instructors, staff and students.

Faculty are encouraged to contact their Subject Librarian if they have questions regarding Library support for teaching or student assignments.  Information related to the continuity of teaching can be found at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching: Continuity of Teaching guide

Online services and resources for students:

Research Help Services

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Email reference assistance 

Research Help Appointments

All in-person research appointments will now be handled through live virtual meetings.



Course Readings

The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings (as well as some print reserves) for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term. If you have challenges accessing these resources or questions about how to access print reserves during this time please email:

Access to Ryerson’s Electronic Resources

The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, e-books, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account.

Online Articles and Database

  • Electronic articles and journals.

Research Guides

  • Find online articles and books applicable to your topic.

Citation Guide

  • The Library has a list of Citation Guides to help you.


Online services and resources for faculty and instructors:

Course readings and E-reserve services

  • Online course readings are prepared each semester. Faculty and instructors are encouraged to continue to submit requests for upcoming terms or, if they require additional readings for completion this term, please contact Kraigen Brown:


Copyright Questions about Course Materials


Accessibility Services

  • Information on accessible formats and media captioning.
  • Information about shifting to alternate course delivery modes


Subject Librarians 

  • Subject librarians can assist faculty with locating supplementary course materials such as online readings, videos and podcasts.


Campus related information:

President Mohamed Lachemi’s announcement on university’s plans to deal with COVID-19

COVID-19: University and campus updates

COVID-19: SRC-Related Updates

2 thoughts on “COVID-19: Library Services and Operations Update

  1. I do not have internet access at home and always come to the library to do my course work. Can you please accommodate me?

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