Come Celebrate World IP day with us – April 26th from 4-6 in the Collaboratory

You are invited to celebrate World IP day with us on Thursday April 26th from 4-6 pm at our IP Open House in the Library’s Collaboratory in the SLC.

Established by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO),  World Intellectual Property Day occurs every April 26th to recognize the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.
Please join us at an open house from 4pm – 6pm to learn about what supports are available at Ryerson to move your ideas from the lab to the market place.  Drop by for a cookie and to talk to OPVRI and Library staff and external IP experts  who can answer your questions about patents, trademarks, and copyrights.   You can also explore the  Ryerson Library Collaboratory, a just launched is a space and initiative in the 3rd floor of the Library that provides faculty and their research teams with space and technology resources to facilitate research and course development. 
This year WIPO is celebrating women and IP, see Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity on the WIPO site.

Decolonising Description in the Library and Archival Community

Ryerson University and York University will be co-hosting In Our Own Words – a workshop and summit on taking active steps toward decolonizing the description of cultural heritage materials in the library and archival community. There will be presentations, workshops and discussions bringing together community members, scholars, and cultural heritage workers. The event will take place on June 14th and 15th, 2018 at the Scott Library at York University.

Registration is now open. Attendees are encouraged to submit discussion ideas closer to the date of the event. Full information on this event can be found here.

HotDocs Donation Highlights

HotDocs, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, will be making its annual arrival in Toronto from April 26 to May 6.  As recently reported, the Library’s Archives and Special Collections received a donation of assets from past Hot Docs Festivals and year-round activities.  This collection is now accessible on the Library’s 4th floor, and includes:

The Library’s audio-visual collection includes many other documentary films available for borrowing, as well as films that are viewable through online streaming sites such as Kanopy, Curio and the National Film Board of Canada.

Money Smart Week @ Ryerson Library & Archives


This week from April 21 – 28, Libraries and other organizations across North America are celebrating Money Smart Week!

Money Smart Week is a public awareness initiative between the American Libraries Association and the Federal Bank of Chicago to provide financial literacy programming in order to help individuals better manage their personal finances.  Money Smart Week is for all demographics, income levels, and covers all facets of personal finance.

So in the spirit of the initiative, Ryerson University Library is promoting our Personal Finance collection and Financial Literacy guide designed to help students learn to better manage their personal finances, including highlighting financial literacy workshops available to the Ryerson community.  Check out our display of RULA Books this week focusing on personal finance in the main lobby of the Library and our Financial Literacy guide.

We hope you participate and we welcome your feedback!

RULA Stressbusters

We’re about to begin the most stressful time of year for many students – exam time!

In addition to being your space for studying, RULA wants to help you take your mind off of exam stress with some fun new stuff. We now have board games, puzzles, cards and pencil crayons/marker packs available for four hour loan periods. Come by the circulation desk in the library and ask us what’s available – games include Scrabble, Jenga, UNO, and Settlers of Catan. You can also search for games by title in our library catalogue if you’re looking for a specific game. These items will be available all year round, and you can take them anywhere on campus for a break between classes or exams.

Starting next week and for the entire exam period, we’re also going to have candy, snacks, stress balls, and colouring pages available at all of our help desks in the library. Come by anytime for a little fuel to keep you going. Happy studying!

Cutting Mats Available for Loan

Need to do some mat cutting? You can now borrow a cutting mat to protect tabletops and flooring when exacto knives are required for cutting. Help protect the tabletops in the Library and the SLC by using these for your next project. Mats can be borrowed from the Library’s Circulation Desk for 4 hour periods.

Pop-Up Research Help in the SLC

It’s a busy time of year, and RULA wants to make sure that you have access to the help you need. We will have a pop-up research help desk available on the 4th floor of the SLC starting tomorrow, April 5th, from 1-3 pm. You can also find us at the pop-up desk Tuesday-Thursday from 1-3 pm until Thursday, April 19th.

Come by to ask us all of your research questions, get help with navigating the library’s resources, or ask any other library questions you may have. You can also always visit us at the research help desk in the library, which is open regular hours for the rest of the semester.

See you in the SLC, and happy studying!

Course Reading Requests for Spring/Summer 2018

Teaching a course during the 2018 Spring semester?  The Library’s E-Reserve service provides digital course reading support via D2L Brightspace. To order readings, instructors can use the e-reserve request form inside their Brightspace by D2L course OR send a reading list with course code, term, full citations and the needed by dates to More information is available on the Library website.

Please submit your course reading requests by April 6th, 2018. After that, requests will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We understand that some instructors may not have their courses assigned by this date. Any requests received after April 6th will be processed on a first come, first-serve basis, once they are received. We thank everyone who has already sent in their E-Reserve requests.

If you prefer print, order print course packs sold at the Ryerson Campus Store OR place course books in the print reserve collection at the Library. If you order print course packs from copy shops other than the Campus Store, only use these approved vendors.

Important Reminder: Permissions are always required for material that exceeds 10% of a work or one chapter, and for business case studies. Permissions need to be re-requested each term that the material will be used through Please see the Ryerson Fair Dealing Guideline for more information. If you have had permissions in your course in the past, and you are using the same readings, we strongly encourage you to send your request as soon as possible, as the re-permissioning process can take time.

Introducing the RULA Busy Box!

RULA staff believe that libraries – of all kinds – are for everyone. In that spirit, we are pleased to announce a new initiative to offer parents who bring their kids with them to the library a helping hand to keep them occupied: the Busy Box!

The Busy Box comes customized for three different age groups:

Each box contains three age appropriate books, various activities and small toys to keep little hands busy so that parents can attend to their own work while in the library, if only just for a short while.

Loan periods are limited to four hours. Crafts and art that your children create with the supplies are theirs to take home, but otherwise we ask parents or caregivers to do their best to ensure the contents of the boxes are kept intact. We ask that Busy Boxes remain onsite and are returned once you are finished with them.

Like this initiative or have suggestions to help us improve inclusive services? Let us know in the comments!

Learn to Crochet!

Looking to learn a new skill, and meet new people? Maybe relieve some stress as we get closer to the end of term? The Library is hosting a series of free Crochet Workshops where you will learn basic crochet skills, and create an amigurumi crochet hot cocoa mug that unrolls to become a cozy scarf.

This design can be found in  Make: fabric and fiber inventions, a print title from the Library’s collection. Crochet workshops will take place on Tuesday, April 3rd and 10th, from 10:30 am – 12 p.m. in the Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab (DME), located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Centre.  Materials will be supplied by the DME.  Please register by sending an email to Librarian Trina Grover at

To keep up with our crafty adventures, please follow us on Instagram: @rulaknithappens