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Library resources and services for students 

Updated: April 9, 2021

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020/2021 have now been moved to June 30, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact if you have a question.

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation: May 3 to June 30

Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 2 to August 13 
Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
No weekends

CLOSED: July 2, 2021

August 16 to September 3 
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
No weekends

CLOSED: September 6, 2021

If you have a question while this service is closed, send us an email –

Email reference assistance

  • General:
  • Archives and Special Collections: beginning Sept 8. – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre: beginning Sept 8.  – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
  • The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr.  Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab: beginning Sept 8. – virtual appointments and digital skill appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Virtual 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.

Virtual Library DME Appointments

The Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab is open for Virtual Tutorials. Book an online appointment with a student advisor. Advisor are trained to provide easy to understand and supportive help with tools such as, Adobe Premiere, After Effect Audition / Cakewalk, and more!

Laptop and Wifi Lending

The Library has laptops and mobile internet hotspots available (in limited supply) for remote lending for student use within Ontario. This is a service provided by the Ryerson Library to assist students who require access to technology in order to complete courses remotely during COVID-19. Users will need to complete and submit this online request form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.


TRSM and Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending

Laptop Lending for TRSM is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time and who are currently enrolled in Ted Rogers School of Management programs only. TRSM users will need to complete and submit this TRSM Laptop Lending Request Form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Laptop Lending for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is restricted to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs only.  FEAS users will need to complete and submit this  Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending Request Form  to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject librarian to learn more about resources and materials available specifically for your area of study. 

Online Resources

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


Short term loans of our textbook collection are currently unavailable. Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

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, ebooks, 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.

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email

Contactless Print Pickup

June 8, 2021 notice:  Contactless Print Pickup will be reinstated beginning June 14.  Request for items can be made beginning June 11.

Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

Study Space Booking

June 11, 2021 notice: Limited study space bookings (including computer stations) will be available for students seeking special or alternate arrangements, and whose need is essential and critical to successfully meeting the mandatory requirements of their classes and their learning objectives. Beginning June 11, students can book study space at the Library for June 14.  For more information email,

Students can book a study space with a computer at the Library, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seating capacity is limited. Furniture layout will ensure physical distancing and meet health and safety requirements.

Note: the Province’s stay-at-home order requires individuals living in Toronto to limit trips outside of the home to essential reasons only, and requires limited contact with individuals outside of households.


Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to

Online Articles and Databases

Access electronic multiple articles in databases, search journals, newspapers and magazines, or find specific articles  .

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.

Library Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources, literature and systematic reviews to Adobe Lightroom and virtual board games.

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