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Library resources and services for researchers

The Library provides access to subject expertise, a wide range of scholarly resources, and other SRC services and programs to support and collaborate with researchers and faculty on scholarly, research and creative activities (SRC).


Scholarly communications

The Library’s Scholarly Communications Guide contains helpful information related to scholarly communication and publishing. This includes information on where to publish, copyright, how to identify high quality journals and avoid predatory journals, tips on self-archiving your research, and details about open access publishing. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron



The Library can assist faculty, researchers and students with information on copyright and Ryerson’s Fair Dealing Guideline, as well  as provide support for copyright compliance, author rights  and currently licensed Library materials. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook


Research data management

The Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) service assists researchers in managing data throughout the course of a research project. Organizing, storing and securing data from the outset can make it easier to work with and help to meet privacy requirements. For more information, email Research Data Management Specialist, Nora Mulvaney,


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


Library Collaboratory

The Library Collaboratory is an interdisciplinary research space equipped with laser printers, 3D printers, prototyping tools and more. This year, the Collaboratory will be open to faculty and graduate student members to book research appointments. In-person appointments can be booked Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Virtual workshops are offered regularly. Learn more about Library Collaboratory membership.

Geospatial, Map and Data Centre

The Geospatial, Map and Data Centre (GMDC) labs provide faculty, researchers and students access to GIS software, statistics and data resources, and our paper map collection. Research consultations, workshops and instruction sessions related to GIS and Data resources will continue to be delivered virtually this fall and can be requested via the GMDC website.



Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections  provides faculty, researchers and students with access to the Library’s special collections including photography, film and cultural history object collections, and University archival collections. In-person research appointments can be booked Monday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

Interlibrary loan requests will start being processed as of September 7, 2021. Please email any questions to


University Library Digital Repository

Share your work! The University Library Digital Repository collects, archives, and provides online access to research materials created by the University community and includes, theses, articles, and more. A new platform is in development to better help researchers showcase their work online. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron



Enhance your online research profile with your ORCID iD–a unique identifier that enables faculty, researchers and graduate students to distinguish their research online, ORCID iDs are also increasingly being required by publishers and granting agencies. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook 


Subject librarians

Subject librarians support faculty and research teams in locating online research materials, including: journals, databases, data sets, streaming video, and more. They can help identify relevant journals for publication, and provide advice and best practices for systematic reviews, including use of citation management tools.


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. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.


New acquisitions

The Library has added a wealth of new electronic resources to our collections to help advance SRC, and teaching and learning. Search the full list of resources by subject or name of publisher/package). 


Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is now available, without appointment.  For more information, please email


Contactless Print Pickup

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.

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