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Room Booking Module Malfunction


Due to a system malfunction, the Library’s room booking module is currently unavailable – we hope to have it online as soon as possible.  As a result of this glitch, any room bookings made today, Friday, October 19, were not recorded in the system.  If you made a room booking in either the Library or SLC today, Oct 19, please rebook once the module is back online.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Open Access Week Events


Open Access Week is a global event held annually in October to raise awareness of the benefits of Open Access in the academic community.  Open access materials are academic materials distributed online legally and free of cost. We encourage faculty and graduate students to attend open access events and learn more about how open access can benefit your teaching and research.

Free Film Screening: Paywall – The Movie

As part of Open Access Week, the Library will be screening Paywall:  The Business of Scholarship.  This documentary, which focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers. There will be popcorn!

When: Monday Oct 22nd, 11:00am

Where: Collaboratory LIB387  (Enter from the 3rd floor SLC)

Social Justice Week Event: Open Educational Resources: Textbook Affordability and Open Access

This panel will seek to raise awareness of textbook prices and the available alternatives. The panel features Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Hong Yu, Interim Associate Dean Research & Graduate Programs and Associate Professor TRSM, Wendy Freeman, E-Learning and LTO Director, and Salman Faruqi, VP Education, RSU

When: Tuesday October 23rd 10:00-11:30

Where: Thomas Lounge, 55 Gould Street

LTO Workshop – Liberate Your Course Materials: Open Access and Copyright Free Resources For Your Teaching (Faculty/instructor event – REGISTER NOW)

Join Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design & Research Strategist, Ann Ludbrook, Copyright Librarian, and Sally Wilson, Web Services Librarian, for an introduction to open textbooks. Learn how to adopt, adapt, and create your own open textbook using Ryerson’s new Pressbooks platform and the eCampus Ontario Open Textbook Library. By the end of this workshop, you will have all the tools needed to get started building your own open textbook.

When: Wednesday October 24th 12:00-2:00pm

Where: POD 372

New Tutorials at the DME

It’s time to learn something new!  The Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab on the 3rd floor of the SLC offers one-on-one tutorials to teach you how to use emerging tech and Digital Media.  The following tutorials are new this term:

  • Intro to Data Visualization using Microsoft Tableau (Fridays, 2-4pm)
  • Intro to Object Oriented Programming (Tuesdays, 1-2pm)
  • Online Portfolio Building (Mondays, 4-5pm; Wedesdays, 2-3pm; and Thursdays, 4-5pm)

View the full schedule on the DME website, and all are welcome regardless of your technology skill set.  We hope to see you in the DME soon!

Parts of 10th Floor Inaccessible

Due to some leakage over the weekend on the 10th floor, sections of the print collection have been temporarily relocated to an alternate floor. If you are looking for a book on the 10th floor and you are not able to locate it, please ask for help from one of our staff.  Due to fans running on the 10th floor and caution tape in certain areas, users may want to access study space on alternate floors until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience!

Library Town Hall on September 18


We want to hear from you about your experience with the library. It’s your your space, your library, and we want to make it as useful, accessible and welcoming as we can. But we can’t do that without hearing from those who use it the most – YOU!

Please plan to drop in and have your say. We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full, and your mind open.

Join us on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 between 12pm-2pm in SLC 508, on the 5th floor of the Student Learning Centre. 

We hope to see you there!



Return Overdue Items and Clear Your Fines

Now that the summer semester is complete, students should also take this opportunity to clear all outstanding fines, and return overdue items to ensure access to grades and transcripts.  Please check your library account  on the Library website to see if you have overdue items, or fines greater than $10.  If you are graduating this year, all fines must be paid prior to Fall convocation.  Fines can be paid at the Library’s 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″.  Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Shifting Print Collections

If you are looking for print books or journals over the summer, please note that we are currently shifting our entire print collection to create more space for students, make the collection more accessible by integrating print serials into call number runs, and ensure we have sufficient room for the collection to grow.  It is a huge project and a massive team effort, which includes physical shifting, changing digital records, and creating new signage.  We have hired a number of summer students to assist staff with this project, who have been working very hard to finish this project in time for the Fall semester.  If you need assistance locating print materials over the summer, please ask for assistance from our staff, and we will be more than happy to help!

Scholars Portal Services Unavailable Canada Day

All Scholars Portal services, which includes the majority of the Library’s journals/ebooks, as well as RACER, the InterLibrary Loan system, will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, June 30th at 5pm until Sunday, July 1st at 5pm. The full list of affected services is available on the Scholars Portal website. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Summer Student Employment

Looking for a summer job on campus? We need some full-time Ryerson students to work as Shifting Assistants, and as a Weekend Circulation Assistant over the summer! Applicants must be current, full-time Ryerson students with a valid SIN Card. Only applicants granted interviews will be contacted.

Students can apply for the Shifting Assistant positions by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references no later than Monday, June 18, 2018 to

Students can apply for the Weekend Circulation Assistant position by sending an email with a covering letter, resume and 2 references to

For Career Boost (formerly known as Work Study) job opportunities, please go to the Career Boost website.