Liaison Model Review Project

The Library is currently reviewing its liaison model, which refers to the assignment of a subject librarian to liaise with a specific department or program. For more information on this project, please view the following slideshow on Google Drive.

 A number of engagement opportunities are planned for library users during the month of April, including:
  • A survey distributed via email to faculty, instructors and graduate students to help identify the areas of liaison support that are important to these users groups.  There will also be an opportunity to participate in a one-on-one follow up interview.
  • Outreach to other stakeholder partners who are not formally represented in our current liaison model, but are important library users.  These could include zones, research centres, and other departments on campus.

A formal report, including recommendations, will be available later in 2017. If you would like more information on this project, or to contribute feedback, please contact Cecile Farnum, Librarian, or 416-979-5000, x4093.

Library 101 Orientation

Welcome new students!  To help get yLibrary 101ou Library ready for the Fall semester, we’ll be holding Library 101 sessions daily from September 6 – 16, Monday to Friday, at 11 a.m. in the Research Help area on the Library’s main floor.  We’ll cover faqs such as computer access, printing, accessing course materials, and the many ways you can ask for help throughout your time here at Ryerson. Sessions will be approximately 30 min. No need to register, just drop in – we hope to see you there!

Carrel Moves and New Shelving

Please be advised that during the week of August 22, study carrels will be relocated from the 9th floor to the 6th floor, and new shelving will be installed on the 9th floor.  The majority of this work should take place on Wednesday August 24th and Thursday, August 25.  The work associated with these activities will generate noise, so please relocate to other study space in the Library during this period, or use the 8 floors of study space available in the Student Learning Centre, accessible through a connection on the main floor of the Library.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Join Our Student Advisory Committee

Your Library needs you!  We are currently recruiting students to join our Student Advisory Committee (RULA-SAC). The committee is comprised of students who are interested in enhancing Library resources, services and space, providing constructive feedback and developing ideas for creating a better student experience at the Library. We welcome Undergraduate, Graduate and Continuing Education students to join. Students get valuable committee experience, the opportunity to provide feedback to the Library and free dinner or lunch!

RULA-SAC welcomes those who are committed to fostering and contributing to a diverse and inclusive space. These include but are not limited to: women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. Please note that all qualified students are encouraged to apply.

The Committee will meet at scheduled times during the Fall and Winter terms. Membership is from September 2016 to April 2017.  To submit an application please fill out the application form.  Deadline for submissions is September 16th.

Water Damage on the 7th floor

The recent heavy rainfall resulted in water damage on the south side of the 7th floor of the Library. The affected area has been cordoned off with caution tape. Ryerson’s Campus Facilities & Sustainability (CFS) department is undertaking cleanup and repair in the area. During this process, please use study space on other floors of the Library, or use the 8 floors of study space in the Student Learning Centre, accessible through a connection on the Library’s main floor. If you require books from the stacks in the affected area, please visit the Circulation Desk on the main floor of the Library, and the staff will be able to assist you.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Orientation

Welcome to all of our new students!  To help get you library ready for the Fall, please consider attending one of the following events to help get you Library ready for the Fall term.

During Orientation Week, drop by the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre (SLC) on Thursday, September 1, 10am-11am for Get Vibrant with Vive!  During this event, students can try out the HTC Vive, a virtual reality headset that transforms your environment into a 3D space!  The Vive headset includes motion tracked handheld controllers which allows the user to vividly manipulate objects and experience immersive gaming environments.  Students can learn how to use the Vive and other digital technologies in the DME.  The Vive experience will be projected onto a screen for group viewing, along with other media content to help new students learn more about the Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) and the resources offered at the Student Learning Centre.

The Library will also have a table at the Central Orientation’s Campus Services and Involvement Fair on Thursday, September 1, 2016 from 2:30-4p.m. around the Kerr Quad.  Students can drop by to talk to some of our friendly library staff about the many resources and services we offer.

During the first two weeks of term, the Library will also be holding a brief introduction to Library resources and services called Library 101.  Students can get essential tips on Library stuff such as computer access, printing, finding course materials, and getting help.  Anyone can drop in to these as needed – offered daily at 11 a.m., Monday to Friday, from September 6 – 16.

E-Reserve unavailable Monday morning, August 22

There will be an E-reserve systems upgrade early Monday morning on August 22, 2016, which should be completed by 12 p.m. During the upgrade, there will be no access to any e-reserve items created on the system. If faculty or students need urgent access to readings for a specific course on that day, please contact in advance, so that a list will be emailed to you.  Journal articles from library subscriptions can still be accessed from the Library website. If you require help accessing journal articles, please use one of our Research help options.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Knitting Drop-In Continues in August

Our popular knitting circle, Knit Happens, will continue to run for the rest of August on Wednesdays at 11a.m. in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME) on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre (SLC).  Have a look at the display in the Research Help area near the bridge to the SLC, which features some knitting and related titles from our collection.


Display of books from the collection relating to knitting and fashion.

No registration needed, just drop in to work on your knit projects with fellow knitters, or learn some knitting basics from some crafty Ryerson librarians. Everyone is welcome, regardless of their skill level. In September, Knit Happens will move to Tuesdays at 11a.m.

The knitting skills learned at this drop-in will help students progress to future workshops planned around knit-wearable projects and computational fabrics / wearable computing, which may be of interest to those with knitting experience.  The DME is a space designed to help all Ryerson students learn basic and advanced digital skill-sets, while exposing them to new and emerging technologies.

Course Reading Requests for Fall 2016

Any faculty or instructors interested in using the One-Stop Course Reading Service  for the 2016 Fall term should submit their course reading requests by August 12, 2016. After that, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Online: The Library’s E-Reserve service provides course reading support via D2L Brightspace. To order readings, instructors can use the e-reserve request form inside their D2L course OR send a reading list with full citations and the needed by dates to Please review instructions on Placing items on Reserve.

Print: If you prefer print, order print course packs sold at the Campus Store OR place course readings in the Print Reserve collection at the Library. If you order print course packs from copy shops other than the Bookstore, only use approved vendors.

Reminder: Permissions are required for material that exceeds 10% of a work or one chapter (whichever is larger). Permission needs to be requested each term the material is being used through