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The Library has moved many services and most resources online. For more information, please visit: Library Services and Resources Update. For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates

Ryerson Library Resources and Services Update

The Ryerson Library has moved academic services and supports online.

Many services and most resources remain available to students, faculty, instructors and staff, as well, core academic and SRC support services are available virtually.

Reference and research help is available through virtual reference, email, and through online appointments. See specific hours of operation under Student Academic Resources and Services.

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.

To connect with a Librarian or other key staff regarding a research or reference query, please email:

For specific subject related queries, connect with a Subject Librarian.

For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates


Borrowing and Lending Services

Laptops and Wifi Hotspots

Winter Term:

Laptops and wifi (deadline for requests: Friday, March 27 at 12 p.m.)
For students requiring a laptop and/or wifi hotspot, please email:

Please note wifi hotspot lending is prioritized for students without internet access, and limited to supply.

Rogers and Fido data offer now closed: Thank you to Rogers for generously supporting our students, and helping those requiring assistance accessing data to complete the term. As a result, we have met demand for the remaining winter term. The Rogers winter-term temporary extended data offer is now closed. Students in need of wifi hotspot may contact the Library at:
Spring/Summer Term:
The Library is currently updating the laptop and wifi lending program for the spring and summer terms. More information to follow.

Items currently on loan, including Interlibrary Loan (RACER) materials:
We are advising that students with items currently on loan keep them until further notice. Fines will be waived.

Returning items on loan:
For students who are leaving the country and need to return items to the Library, please go to the Ryerson Campus Security office located at:

285 Victoria Street
Victoria Building (VIC)
1st floor

Print materials:
Access to print materials will not be available until further notice. Please contact your Subject Librarian, or for assistance with alternate electronic resources.

For all other borrowing and lending questions, please email:

Student Academic Resources and Services

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation:
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

To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.
Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.

Online Resources:

Students can now access a number of textbooks for a limited time through VitalSource Helps, at no charge. To access, create an account using your Ryerson email address. With a student account, users can search book titles and “borrow” up to seven items until April 30.

See: Borrowing Books Instructions for Students

Course Readings
The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings 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 or questions regarding access to these resources, please email:

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. These are available remotely 24/7.

Online Articles and Databases
Access electronic articles and journals.

Research Guides
Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide
The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs .

Faculty Resources and Services

Supplementary Course Material Guide
A supplementary course material guide has been developed to provide information on the Library’s online educational materials (ebooks, videos, OER and more). It also includes a curated list of alternate educational resources available to faculty. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.

Subject Librarians
Contact your Subject Librarian for assistance with information / digital literacy instruction orlocating online course materials, including but not limited too: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming services.

Course readings and E-reserve services
Online course readings are prepared prior to every semester. Faculty and instructors should submit requests for upcoming terms.

If you require additional readings for completion of the winter term, please contact Kraigen Brown:

For information on copyright regarding course materials, research and teaching, please email Ann Ludbrook:

Please see: Quick Copyright Tips for Rapidly Shifting Your Course From In-person to Online

Accessibility Services in the Library
Information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email Kelly Dermody:


Library Spaces and Research Hubs

All Library spaces and research hubs are closed until further notice. Services and resources will remain available, but may be limited, at this time.

Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Library Collaboratory, please email:

Geospatial Map & Data Centre, please email:

Library Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, please email:
Note: the Library DME is offering all of their tutorials online.


Ryerson University Updates and Campus Information

Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates

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

Continuity of Teaching Guide for Faculty

Continuity of Learning for Students

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