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Library withhold – 2022 winter term

We hope everyone is having a successful exam period – the winter term is now complete!

  • Please clear any outstanding fines and return overdue items as soon as possible. Head to the renewals page to see if you have overdue items or fines greater than $25. Students with fines greater than $25 will not be able to view their grades until their accounts are cleared.
  • All fines can be paid to the Library by telephone or in person, either by VISA, MasterCard, American Express or with your OneCard – please contact us at to arrange a call in time when on site staff are available.  We do not accept personal cheques.
  • We understand that this is a trying time, if you have questions or concerns about fines or overdue items, please contact Library Circulation at 

Facilities work on 8th floor of the Library, April 9 and 10

Please be advised that facilities will be working on the 8th floor of the Library Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.
The floor remains open and available for studying, however, students working on the 8th floor may experience some noise disruptions.
All floors, with the exception of the 4th floor, are available for quiet study.

2022 First Edition Photobook Award

The University Library Special Collections, and The Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

The University Library First Edition Photobook Award launched in 2015, with Alison Skyrme, special collections and liaison librarian and Christopher Manson, image arts instructor leading the awards program. 

The award was initiated in relation to work completed as part of a third year Image Arts course titled: The Photographic Book. For the course, students learn design and composition principles and are required to conceive of, and produce, their own photobook from their own photography. 

This is the 8th year of the award and I am always impressed with the quality of the work that the photography students produce,” says Skyrme.

Each year student works are submitted for the award and the winning photobooks are selected by panel. 

In addition to the award, the photobooks are purchased by the Library, become part of the Library collection and are displayed at the Archives and Special Collections along other esteemed collections including the Kodak collection. The acquisition of these titles is supported by a donation from The Photographic Historical Society of Canada.

“Every year our collection of student books grows, we have 54 in the collection now, and it becomes a stronger and more impressive record of the creativity and talent of the photography students over time,” says Skyrme.


The 2022 First Edition Photobook Award winners, include:


The Paper
By Kayla Ward










Back Book
By Pengxiang Zhou










Shrieking Sisterhood
By Kayla Ward










Calm and Chaos
By Kay Nadjiwon










Rosemary and Thyme
By Katya Lina










Need Me
By Payton Keeler Cox










Meu Avo
By Andrew Moreno










Bring Back Ice to the Lake
By Yixuan Mark Wang

Archives A to Z

We’re joining the Archives of Ontario in their #ArchivesAtoZ month-long campaign. The aim is to increase the public’s awareness of archives and their collections. University Archives and Special Collections will sharing four blog posts throughout the month showcasing items from our holdings and demystifying archival concepts related to each letter of the alphabet.

Take a look and follow along!

Open Education Week 2022

Open Education Week is a global event designed to raise awareness of free and open sharing in education and the benefits they bring to faculty, instructors and students.

The Library, in partnership with the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching and The Chang School, is hosting two to showcase the Open Education work underway at the University.

Open Education Week events at the University

During Open Education Week , we highlight the work that’s being done at the University in support of open education. This includes the use of open educational practices and open pedagogy in the classroom, and the creation and adoption of open educational resources.

Join us for a series of lightning talks from faculty and instructors who have received grants from eCampusOntario or from the University to develop open educational resources.

Open Education Week Showcase

March 7, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the speakers will be:

  • David Cramb, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Science
  • Michael Dick, Contract Lecturer, Professional Communication at The Creative School
  • Lester Hiraki, Instructor, The Chang School
  • Jennifer Lapum, Associate Director, Quality Assurance and Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
  • Sally Wilson, Web Services Librarian, University Library
  • Emma Wright, Manager, Global Learning and Engagement, Ryerson International
  • Erin Ziegler, Assistant Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing

Open Education Week Showcase

March 10, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the speakers will be:

  • Sam Andrey, Acting Executive Director & Andre Cote, Acting Director of Policy & Research, Ryerson Leadership Lab
  • Kelly Dermody, E-Learning and Accessibility Services Librarian, University Library
  • Anthony Francescucci, Associate Professor & Joanne McNeish, Assistant Professor, Ted Rogers School of Business Management 
  • Sarena Johnson, Liaison, Student Affairs, Aboriginal Student Services
  • Michael Mueller, Contract Lecturer, School of Early Childhood Studies
  • Megan Omstead, Program Coordinator, School of Nutrition

Open Education at Ryerson is supported by the University Library, the Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, and the Chang School of Continuing Education.


Other Open Education week events across Canada:

Open Education Symposium

March 7 to 11

With a full week of events, The University of Alberta, Centre for Teaching and Learning is celebrating Open Education Week (March 7 – 11, 2022) by hosting their second Open Education Symposium.

While the symposium sessions are oriented to post-secondary instructors, we invite everyone from the education community to participate—instructors, students, librarians, educational developers, instructional designers and more!


Open Education Week 2022 – Open UBC

March 7 to 11

University of British Columbia, Vancouver Campus is hosting a full week of events with highlighted sessions on The 6R’s of Indigenous OER: Re-imagining OER to Honour Indigenous Knowledge and Sovereignty and Teaching with Care: An Introduction to Accessible Courses and Open Educational Resources.

Now accepting applications for the 2022 Library Open Educational Resources Grants


The University Library is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for the 2022 Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants. These grants are designed to encourage the creation and adoption of open educational resources. 

OER are learning materials that are openly licensed, making them freely available to be adapted, copied, and shared. OER can be courses, modules, textbooks, multimedia, assessments, and supplementary materials.

The OER grants advance the University’s priorities to foster an innovation ecosystem, ensure excellence in student learning experiences, and build on the Library’s digital initiatives, expertise in Open Access and Open Education Resource publishing and dissemination, and academic priorities of access and openness. 

The Library is very pleased to be collaborating with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and the Chang School of Continuing Education in the review and adjudication of the grants and the support of successful projects. 

A total of $40,000 is available in two categories of grants:

  • Creation or Adaptation of an OER Textbook
  • Creation of Openly Licensed Immersive Content


Application deadline is March 18, 2022. Learn more about the grants and application process

Welcome back! It’s great to see you again.


Throughout the month of February we will be expanding our onsite access. The Library’s virtual and digital online resources and services remain available to meet the needs of students, faculty and researchers wherever you are located.  

Please check back regularly for expanded onsite updates!


Visiting the Library:

Enter from the lower ground entrance of the Library Building (350 Victoria St. at the corner of Gould and Nelson Mandela Walkway). The main entrance (east entrance) is located on the 2nd floor of the building. Students, faculty and staff can also enter through the west entrance from the 2nd floor of the SLC.

To enter you must have:

  • Your OneCard and provide contact tracing information at doors
  • Proof of vaccination on RyersonSafe App
  • Complete health screening on RyersonSafe App
  • Wear a mask at all times

Please check Library hours prior to your visit.


Study space:

Study space is available at the Library for individual study or participating in online classes.


  • Study seats no longer require booking
  • Seating in the Library is first-come, first-served.
  • Bookable group study rooms will be available in February.
  • Students can quietly participate in online classes anywhere in the Library where study space is permitted with the exception of silent floors


During February, the Library will remain closed on weekends.


Print and equipment pick up:

Available Mon. to Fri. from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


By appointment:

Archives and Special Collections:

Mon. to Fri. by appointment: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Library Collaboratory:

Mon. to Fri. by appointment: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.



Update on the changes underway at the Library!

Updated Jan. 25, 2022

The Library is updating and renewing many of its learning and study spaces! Keep up to date with these exciting new developments!

Note: While the Library will continue to be open during the renovations, it may take longer to complete print pick up, scan and deliver, as well as any eReserve requests and retrievals.


Library elevators

Status: Two elevators finished and operating. Two elevators unavailable. 

All four of the Library elevators are being refurbished. Two have been completed and are fully operating. Work on remaining two is still in progress. 


Library 8th floor 

New group study rooms are now complete on the Library’s 8th floor. These new study areas feature glass front walls and doors to improve sightlines and safety. Double glazed glass and sound insulation has been added to ensure limited noise transmission between rooms. All rooms have accessible doors and interiors and are equipped with monitors, white glass boards, and improved lighting. Thermal insulation has been added along the perimeter walls to reduce heat loss during colder months.

In addition to these new state-of-the art study rooms, new furniture will be installed in the individual open study areas. There is new carpet throughout the floor.


Library 6th and 7th floors

New furniture alert! Individual study “pods” are here! These semi-private study seats have replaced many of the dated study carrels. Pods are complete with charging modules and soft seating. 


Library 4th floor

Status: Under construction – 4th Floor Quiet Study area unavailable at this time

The Library is expanding and revamping the 4th floor quiet study space. This natural light filled area will add additional academic study space seating which can be transformed and repurposed for Library programming and workshops. A fabulous new showcase Special Collections area and reading room will also be included in the renovation. 


Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons

The Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons is now open! New floor installed and computer stations are back in place.


Refresh Project: Floors 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 

New flooring and paint has refreshed floors 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10!


Launch of Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award


The Library is very pleased to be launching the inaugural Virginia Edinger Walker University Library Research Award. This award recognizes student achievement in original research with a special focus on the critical use of library resources and research skills.  Three awards of $2000 each are available and are open to students across all disciplines and areas of study.  Applicants are asked to submit a long-form research paper, a short reflective essay regarding the research process,  and a brief statement of support from the course instructor.  For more information about the 2021/22 academic year application process, students should refer to the AwardSpring platform. 

This award celebrates the legacy of Professor Virginia Edinger Walker, who taught art history at Ryerson for more than 20 years. It has been established by Petros Dratsidis, the love of her life and husband of 50 years, in recognition of her great respect for history, art history, books and libraries. Professor Walker’s dedication to her students exemplified her unflagging passion and commitment to scholarship and research, which Mr. Dratsidis is commemorating through this award to inspire future generations of scholars.

Professor Walker’s Ryerson career was hard earned; her life’s journey to academic distinction was a road constructed around many obstacles and frequent delays. Her Depression-era childhood in a struggling farm family in the U.S. Midwest, described in a brief memoir, is reminiscent of John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. It was a hardscrabble existence that delayed her school admission until she was nine years old.

In high school she was placed in a commercial stream rather than college prep as she wanted, a decision she ascribed to her working class roots. As a result, when she decided some years later that she wanted to attend university, she was required to complete a difficult pre-entrance year to prove her worth. She was eventually admitted to the University of California at Berkeley, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree before moving to Toronto with her family in 1965. It was here, in 1969, that she met Mr. Dratsidis in a seminar while both were pursuing post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto. They were together until her passing in 2019, sharing a life full of passion and travel.

For several years after her arrival in Canada, Professor Walker taught part-time at York University and in the Fashion Department at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, where she designed three courses (History of Art, History of Costume and History of Design). After she was hired full-time at Ryerson in 1980, she organized annual study tours for second-year students, with whom she visited museums, galleries and workplaces in London, Paris, Milan and Florence. Those students she encountered in later years often told Professor Walker of the deep impression those unique experiential learning opportunities  left on their lives. The tours continued until her retirement in 1994. She spent many subsequent years as a docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Professor Walker valued education; it had not come easily to her and she never took it for granted. She loved teaching and took a great interest in her students. To the end of her life, she continued her own education through research and extensive reading, developing an interest in world history in her later years.

It is important to Mr. Dratsidis to commemorate his wife’s legacy and passion for teaching and learning – indeed, for life. In creating this award at the Ryerson Library for original student scholarly, research and creative (SRC) work, it is his desire that Professor Walker’s contributions to the Toronto Metropolitan University academic community are not forgotten. 

Copies of winning students’ work will be deposited in the University Library’s Digital Repository, an open access digital archive for the University’s research publications and output.

In addition, winning authors will be invited to present their work at an annual University Library event to recognize and celebrate outstanding student SRC achievement.

For more information, contact:

Joanna Beyersbergen

Director of Development, Library