Help Us Improve LibGuides

The Library has a number of libguides to help our users identify the best resources to use for their academic work.  They include suggestions for databases, books and other resources specific to a subject area, a course or a general topic.  To help ensure that our LibGuides are as effective as they can be for our users, a short survey will be added to all libguides for a 2-week period.  Please take the time to complete this brief survey, and let us know how well our libguides are working for you!

SLC Maintenance Work

Library patrons who enter/exit the building via the Student Learning Centre (SLC) entrance should be aware of the re-caulking of the plaza to address leakage issues in the lower level of the building.  This project is set to begin on Tuesday, October 10th and is expected to be complete by the end of November. For a more detailed explanation of the project, please visit the SLC blog.

The plan has a multi-phased approach which extends the duration of the project, but reduces disruption. Some key points to be aware of:

  • The disruptive work takes place on weekends

  • Plywood will be placed on most flat surfaces such as landings and ramps (but not on the stairs) to allow for traffic during the curing period

  • The Gould entrance will only be closed one weekend for the work required on the landing at the top of the plaza (Nov 25 & 26)

  • At least one of the accessible paths to the entrance will always available

  • A portion of the stairs from Gould Street to the entrance is always available

Michael Geist Keynote During Open Access Week

Dr. Michael Geist

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Ryerson University Library & Archives (RULA) and the University of Toronto Libraries welcomes faculty and librarians from both institutions to join us on Tuesday, October 24 for a full day of events, including a keynote lecture from internationally-recognized copyright and open access advocate, Dr. Michael Geist.  View the poster for more details, and please register online.


Improve Your Research Skills!


If you are struggling to find high-quality resources for your assignments, help is here!  The Library offers its introductory research skills workshop, Navigating the Library’s Electronic Resources, at various points throughout the Fall term – register and view the schedule online.

At this session, you’ll learn how to use the Library’s extensive collection of electronic databases to find the best and most relevant information available, and how to find and retrieve full-text journal articles. The Library’s Search Everything function will also be demonstrated, as well as the differences between Google and the Library’s scholarly sources of information.

This workshop may be used as part of the requirements for the Academic Integrity and Get Clear programs.

Convocating this Fall? Please Clear Your Library Account


Congratulations to all our new graduates!  Please remember to clear your fines and return any outstanding library materials prior to convocation.

All fines can be paid to the Library at the Circulation Desk, either by cash, Interac (debit), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or the Ryerson OneCard.  The Library also accepts payment from the above credit cards by phone; please call 416-979-5055, “Option 2”.

Alumni can continue to borrow from the Library’s print collections by paying an annual $50 fee.  For more information on library services for Alumni, please visit the Library website.

What’s New @ the Library for the Fall Term

We hope everyone is having a smooth transition to the Fall term.  Here are some new changes that have recently taken place in the Library, to keep you in the loop:

  • Addition of Library Student Guides – in response to student feedback, the library has secured funding to hire Library Student Guides, who will roam throughout the Library and the SLC to help ensure a consistent and excellent experience for students studying in both spaces.  In addition to maintaining our book stacks and assisting with wayfinding and light troubleshooting in the library, they will be roaming in pairs throughout both the library and the SLC to help maintain a clean and quiet environment for our students.  They can be identified by bright red Ask Me buttons – feel free to ask for their assistance next time you are studying the Library/SLC.
  • Faster login time on desktop computers – you should experience a much quicker login time when using desktops in the Library.  This has been a frustration for students over the past few years, and we hope this improvement provides a better user experience for our students
  • The opening of the Ryerson Library Collaboratory this is a new library space that supports faculty-led digital learning and interdisciplinary research projects.  Located on the 3rd floor of the Library in a newly renovated space, the Collaboratory is in close proximity to the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab in the SLC, which provides access to high end computers, 3D printers, VR/AR technologies and camera/audio equipment rentals.
  • Introducing Carol Shepstone, our new Chief Librarian – Carol is the former university librarian at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, where she helped transition the Library through periods of significant institutional change, and provided key leadership in planning the recently opened Riddell Library and Learning Centre facility.  Her career has also included leadership roles with the University of Saskatchewan Libraries and positions with both the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library system and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. You can learn more about Carol’s appointment on Ryerson Today – welcome Carol!

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.