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Library resources and services for teaching


The Library provides access to resources and services that support teaching and learning at Ryerson including online research skills instruction for classes, online workshops, individual research and reference help and access to a number of electronic material, including: ebooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, streaming media and more

If you are looking for access to textbooks, please contact your subject librarian. If there is an opportunity to purchase an electronic version of a book we have in our print collection, your subject librarian can assist you. If an electronic version is not available through a publisher, we can attempt to find alternate material for your course.   


New: Extended Due Dates

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

Library Instruction 

Subject librarians are providing online specialized research group workshops and research skills instruction to classes. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss and schedule a live virtual session for your students.


Subject Librarians

Subject librarians assist faculty with locating online course materials, including, but not limited to: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming media. 


Supplementary Course Materials Guide

The supplementary course materials guide provides 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 and students. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.


Copyright and eReserves

Ensure students have easy (and copyright compliant) access to digital course readings. For information on copyright please email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook: To request eReserve course readings, please email


OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson


Electronic Resources 

The Library offers a vast and growing collection of electronic resources including ebooks, journals and newspapers, data sets, streaming media, databases (search by subject), Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as a curated list of resources temporarily offered for free by publishers. Note: there is no access to the Library print collections at this time. 



Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for specific electronic textbooks for purchase. While the Library has access to some ebooks, commercial sale is primarily available to students only. Additionally, the Library cannot guarantee every student will have access, at the same time, to an ebook the Library has been able to purchase. This is especially important to note if using an ebook for an open book exam.

Also note, that in some cases, publishers do not provide textbooks in electronic format. Please contact your subject librarian for alternate material, if a textbook is only available in print format. 

Check the Campus Store for access to electronic textbooks for specific courses.

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver 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.


Accessibility Services in the Library

For information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email eLearning and Accessibility Services Librarian, Kelly Dermody:


Research Help

Research help has moved entirely online and is available to all students and Ryerson community members. Visit the Library’s Ask a Librarian live chat  service, or email your question to:

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