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Library resources and services for students 

Updated: Nov. 3, 2021

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian Chat Service (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation: 

Sept. 7 to Dec. 17 

Mon. to Thurs.:  10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Fri.:   10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat. and Sun.:  12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

CLOSED: Sept. 6 for Labour Day, and Oct. 11 for Thanksgiving

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


Email reference assistance

  • General:
  • Archives and Special Collections:
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre:
  • Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab:


Virtual Research Help Appointments

To request a one-on-one online appointment with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request. 

Online appointments can be booked: 

Mon. to Fri.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sat. and Sun.: closed


Onsite Appointments: Library Digital Media Experience Lab 

Tues. to Thurs.: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Students can book appointments to use 3D printers, media creation tools, MAC computers and more. 

Note: appointment check in is via main Library check in point


Virtual Library DME Appointments

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


Study Space Booking

Study space bookings (including computer stations) are available in the Library

Mon. to Fri.: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m..

Students can book single use group rooms, study seats or computer workstations. 

Access is limited to current students and appropriate health screening is required prior to entry. Please use the RyersonSafe app, bring your OneCard and a mask. Note: the University now requires proof of vaccination.

Please note capacity is also currently limited due to renovations—we apologize for the inconvenience—and seating is managed to adhere to public health and safety guidelines. Masks are required

For more information about study space bookings and health and safety protocols please email,


Print Pickup

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

Note: To ensure you have continued access to your textbooks, please  check the Campus Store for electronic textbooks.


3D Printing Pickup

The Library DME is pleased to offer 3D Printing Pickup. You can request 3D printing through the DME and pick up items at the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor by the main entrance.


Laptop and Wifi Lending

Wifi lending program – ending notice: In alignment with the University’s plans for a broader reopening of campus, the Library is planning for a full return of on campus activity for January 2022. As such, we will conclude the limited mobile internet hotspot lending program effective December 31, 2021. 

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 University 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.

Contactless pick up is available at the Circulation Desk located on the 2nd floor by the main entrance.


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.

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


Research and Digital Skills Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources including electronic articles and books, how to do literature and systematic reviews, or learn Adobe Creative suite applications for projects and for fun!


Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject liaison 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.


Digital Course Readings

The 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:


Textbook Collection

Print textbooks available on short-term loan for the majority of Ryerson’s undergraduate courses. Textbooks are available from the reserve collection at the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the Library and can be requested by call number.


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.


Interlibrary Loans (RACER)

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


Online Articles and Databases

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


Subject Research Guides

Subject guides assist with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.


Research Help Guide

Research guides get you started on how to plan and carry out your research. Online research tutorials are available to help walk you through each step of the research process. 


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.

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