5 Tips for New Students

New to Ryerson? Navigating an academic library can be confusing but help is available! Here are tips to help you get started!

Library resources are spread across 9 floors.

Get started by finding the Library! The main floor of the Library is on the 2nd floor of the Library building. From there, you can take the stairs or elevator up to floors 3-9. Included in the Library is a renovated quiet study space on the 4th floor, the Ryerson Archives & Special Collections, and the sun soaked 8th floor. Feel free to explore on your own or book a tour.

Online. Online. Connect to online resources from the Library website.

From the Library website, you can connect to online resources and learn more about the services we offer. You can also chat with Library staff, book a study room, and stream over 20,000 films.

Your OneCard is your Library card.

Undergrads and grad students borrow using their OneCard. You also use your OneCard to pay for printing in the Library. Chang School students can learn more about borrowing on our website.

Surprise! We have books!

The best way to start a search for a book (or any Library resource) is on the RULA homepage. From the home page, enter the information you have about the book. If the item is available, note the floor and call number – that’s how you’ll find the book. If the title is an eBook or electronic journal, click the link and you’ll be prompted to login to myRyerson.

book available online

This book is available online. Click the link to access the book.

book available on the 2nd floor

Note the floor (2nd) and call number (BF 121 .P827 2017) to find books in person.

The Library is so much more than books.

Unexpected things you can borrow from the Library include board games, calculators, and cutting mats. We also have laptops for 4-hour loan and equipment like DSLR cameras for 48-hour loan. To borrow a laptop or DME equipment, fill out the online form before the first time you need the borrow.

Feel free to ask staff for help anytime. We’re available by phone, online, and in person.

Welcome to Ryerson!

Two-Factor Authentication for Library eResources


All Ryerson instructors and staff are required to use two-factor authentication in order to access Library eResources, eHR, RAMSS, and D2L Brightspace as of August 1, 2018.

One-time verification code prompt

Setting up two-factor in two steps

Step 1: Set up a code generator using your mobile device
e.g. Download Google Authenticator for iOS or Google Authenticator for Android.

Step 2: Add two-factor to your Ryerson account
(i) Log in to my.ryerson with your username and password.
(ii) Look for the Self Service module and click Personal Account.
(iii) Under the Security section, click Two-Factor Authentication.

What to do if you don’t have a mobile phone

If you don’t have a mobile phone or prefer not to use your phone, you can use a universal second factor (U2F) security key or a one-time verification (OTV) code generator. Check with your department for approval purchasing a U2F or OTV.

two-factor key

How two-factor helps secure your account

Two-factor is the best way to protect your Ryerson account and the information in it. With two-factor enabled, even if someone guesses or steals your password, they won’t be able to access your account without something only you would have, such as your phone. It will also protect your account from attackers in cases such as payroll diversions, identity theft, theft of intellectual property, and exam data.

protect your account

Please visit the CCS website for more about two-factor authentication at Ryerson. You can also contact CCS Help Desk at help@ryerson.ca or 416-979-5000, ext. 6806.

Meet RULA’s Summer Student Staff

It’s time for summer projects at the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) and we’re fortunate to have wonderful student staff here to help. Read on to learn about some of our projects and the roles of student staff.

Anish, Accounting

Anish is our Weekend Circulation Assistant. He’s available to help you access Library materials and answer borrower questions on Sundays. On weekdays this summer, Anish is meeting people from all over the world and helping them learn about Toronto as staff at a hotel.

student staff holding book

Anish can help you find books and other Library materials.

Claire, Business Management

Claire assists visitors in two popular Ryerson buildings–the Library and the Student Learning Centre–as a Library/SLC Specialist. As part of the front-line services team, Claire provides information about programs and facilities in the Library, SLC, and the University. You’ll also spot her assisting with special events and conducting head counts. Claire’s excited to help people learn more about the campus and the Ryerson community all summer.

Summer Student Specialist

Claire supports students, staff, and faculty who book seminar rooms.

Hafsa, Biomedical Engineering

Hafsa works behind the scenes as a Library Digitization Projects Assistant. Hafsa is helping to serve patrons in a variety of ways by supporting eReserve, Interlibrary Loan, and Accessibility Services. The range of projects and the opportunity to work alongside RULA staff are some of the reasons Hafsa is enjoying her summer at RULA.

Library digitalization student staff

Hafsa helps provide digital access to print materials.

Mathura, Business Technology Management

Mathura works with staff in Development and Library Client Services as a Special Project Assistant. By bringing the student perspective to projects like reviewing Library policies and the Library student employment program, Mathura is contributing to the continuous enhancement of front-line services at RULA. Outside of work, Mathura looks forward to exploring Toronto this summer.

Summer student staff working at computer

Mathura helps identify ways to best serve Library patrons.

Are you a Ryerson student interested in joining the team? Keep an eye on our Student Jobs page and social channels.

Summer Streaming at RULA

With Victoria Day unofficially kicking off the summer this weekend and RULA closed on Monday, we hope you have more time to relax and recharge. If you’re looking to relax by watching a film and can’t make it to the cinema, RULA has you covered. View our guide on online streaming services available to the Ryerson community and list of available documentary films.

Looking for a great film and not sure where to start? Below you’ll find lists of the top streamed films in the RULA collection.

Top 10 Streamed Films via Kanopy

10. Tough Guise 2
9. The Battle of Algiers
8. I Am Not Your Negro
7. Fall and Winter: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century
6. Flow: Psychology, Creativity, & Optimal Experience
5. Not Just a Game
4. Killing Us Softly
3. Class Dismissed
2. The Codes of Gender
1. Stuart Hall: Race – the Floating Signifier

Kanopy home page

Kanopy Film Titles via RULA

Top 10 Streamed Films via the NFB

10. We Were Children
9. Toronto Boom Town
8. Flemingdon Park: The Global Village
7. Invisible City
6. Hi-Ho Mistahey! (Short Version)
5. Smudge
4. First Stories – Two Spirited
3. Last Chance
2. Journey to Justice
1. We Regret to Inform You…

NFB Presents screen

NFB Titles via RULA

Updates from the DME: Longer Loan Periods and More

If you’ve visited the Digital Media Experience Lab this winter, you may have noticed some changes based on community feedback. Here’s a roundup of those improvements:

  • Longer Hours: The DME is now open later, until 8:00 pm Monday to Friday.
  • Longer Loan Periods: A new 48-hour loan period replaces one-day equipment loans. Please note that self-service renewals are not possible and you should speak to DME staff if you have any questions. Pro Tip: Borrow an item on Thursday and keep it for the weekend – it’ll be due Monday at 11:00 am.
  • New Equipment: Snowball microphones, a range of camera lenses, and Leap Motion sensors are just some of the equipment now available for you to borrow. Have suggestions for additional equipment? Post below or reach out to DME staff.
  • Streamlined Borrowing: Instead of needing to visit the Library Circulation Desk each time you borrow, head straight to the DME. Remember to bring your OneCard. The first time you borrow equipment, you will need to complete and submit an online DME Technology Equipment Lending Agreement Form and go to Library Circulation Desk to complete registration.

Is the DME all new to you? The DME is a makerspace, fabrication lab and digital media production facility open to all Ryerson students and faculty. Drop by anytime the DME is open or sign up for a tutorial to learn more.

Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab
SLC 308
416-979-5000 ext. 3524
@RyersonLibDME on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Library Student Staff Share Advice with You

Seven days a week, the Library is open to 1:00 a.m. We couldn’t do this without the help of our trusty Student Library Assistants.

student library assistants

They’re here late into the night and on the weekends. Maybe they’ve helped you find a book after class or you’ve seen them take headouts in the Library. Maybe they’ve help you with printing after CCS Tech Help has gone home or you’ve seen them tidy up study spaces after most people have left. Our Student Library Assistants are an integral part of the RULA team and we consider them student experts on using RULA. Today, we feature three of our student staff as they share tips for using the Library and exploring the city.


Lia, Psychology

Favourite Spot in Toronto: My favourite spot would have to be Kensington Market. I love the vibrant colours and the wall art as well as the little restaurants. It’s an inspiring neighbourhood for creatives.
Advice for Library Patrons: An advice would be to respect the space, throw away your garbage, and leave your station clean for the next person using it after you.


Hana, Industrial Engineering

Favourite Spot in Toronto: My favourite activity in the city is taking the ferry to Centre Island.
Advice for Library Patrons: A tip I have for students is to not give up when a book you need isn’t available at the Ryerson Library. Through RACER you can request a book from other university libraries. So before buying a book outright, try your luck by making a request through the RACER program.


Matthew, Psychology

Favourite Spot in Toronto: The Scarborough Bluffs are amazing!
Advice for Library Patrons: In the Library, quiet is key. Most of us here in the evening are trying to finish that paper due at 11:59 p.m. on D2L, and a stress-free work environment can be the difference between a pass and a fail, so I’d say quiet helps you and everyone around you.

For details about any of the policies and resources mentioned, check our website or speak to Library staff!

RULA Closed on Family Day – Enjoy the Long Weekend!

The Library, along with the rest of Ryerson University, will be closed on Monday, February 19 for Family Day. Regular hours resume on Tuesday and continue for the rest of Reading Week.

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend? RULA has you covered!

books and DVDs

  1. We have children’s book and books for creating family fun available to borrow. Below is a short selection:
  2. From old classics like The Wizard of Oz to new hits like Get Out, feature film DVDs are available as 3-day loans.
  3. Ryerson students have access to the MAP program, which allows them to pick up a pair of passes to Toronto’s top cultural venues like the Royal Ontario Museum and the Aga Khan Museum.
  4. No time to visit RULA in person? Stream films from Kanopy! Newly added titles include the documentary For the Love of Spock and the comedy Hunt For the Wilderpeople.
Have questions about any Library resources? Feel free to ask Library staff! We’re here to help, just not on holidays like Family Day!