For the most recent updates on resources and services, check the information for Students
The Ryerson Library has moved academic services and supports online.
Many services and most resources remain available to students, faculty, instructors and staff, as well, core academic and SRC support services are available virtually.
Reference and research help is available through virtual reference, email, and through online appointments. See specific hours of operation under Student Academic Resources and Services.
Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media and more, remains available 24/7.
To connect with a Librarian or other key staff regarding a research or reference query, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For specific subject related queries, connect with a Subject Librarian.
For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates
Borrowing and Lending Services
Rogers and Fido data offer closed: The temporary unlimited data plan, offered by Rogers to Ryerson students with Rogers or Fido phone plans, closed March 26, 2020.
The Library acknowledges with gratitude the generous support of Rogers, which assisted many Ryerson students during this particularly stressful end of term
Laptops and Mobile Internet Hotspots
Mobile Internet hotspots
Emergency 2020 winter term wifi hotspot lending:
Mobile internet hotspots borrowed to complete the 2020 winter term will have data plans disconnected as of April 30, 2020, in alignment with the end of winter term.
Students must return mobile internet hotspots by courier to the Ryerson Library ℅ Ryerson University. A prepaid return shipping label may be requested from the Library at email@example.com. If sending via courier is not possible, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.
Spring/summer 2020 term mobile internet hotspot requests
Students enrolled in online courses are expected to have their own internet or wifi access. Students experiencing special need or hardship in this regard may submit a request form for a Library mobile internet hotspot term loan. Items for loan subject to availability. Deadline to make a request is: April 30, 12 p.m.
Emergency 2020 winter term laptop lending:
Students who borrowed a laptop to complete the 2020 winter term must return it by courier to the Ryerson Library ℅ Ryerson University. A prepaid return shipping label may be requested from the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org. If sending via courier is not possible, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.
Spring/summer 2020 term laptop requests:
Students enrolled in online spring and summer courses are expected to have their own computer or laptop. Students experiencing special need or hardship may submit a request form for a Library laptop term loan. Items for loan subject to availability. Deadline to make a request is: April 30, 12 p.m.
Items currently on loan, including Interlibrary Loan (RACER) materials:
We are advising that students with items currently on loan keep them until further notice. Fines will be waived.
Returning items on loan:
For students who are leaving the country and need to return items to the Library, please contact Ryerson Security at 416-979-5040 to arrange a contact-free in-person return.
Access to print materials will not be available until further notice. Please contact your Subject Librarian, or email@example.com for assistance with alternate electronic resources.
For all other borrowing and lending questions, please email the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Academic Resources and Services
Research and Reference Help:
Hours of operation:
Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Email reference assistance
Research Help Appointments
To request a one-on-one with a Librarian, please submit a research appointment request.
Note: requests may be directed to Ask-a-Librarian depending on the complexity of the topic.
Students can now access a number of textbooks for a limited time through VitalSource Helps, at no charge. To access, create an account using your Ryerson email address. With a student account, users can search book titles and “borrow” up to seven items until April 30.
See: Borrowing Books Instructions for Students
The Ryerson Library provides customized online course readings for many courses. These are prepared based on instructor requests and are typically provided for access at the start of term.
If you have challenges or questions regarding access to these resources, please email: email@example.com
The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, e-books, data, video). To access these resources, you must be a Ryerson student (full or part time), staff or faculty member with an active my.ryerson account. These are available remotely 24/7.
Interlibrary Loans (RACER)
Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. Requests submitted in RACER
are being monitored regularly by staff. Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Articles and Databases
Access electronic articles and journals.
Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.
The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs .
Faculty Resources and Services
Supplementary Course Material Guide
A supplementary course material guide has been developed to provide information on the Library’s online educational materials (ebooks, videos, OER and more). It also includes a curated list of alternate educational resources available to faculty. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.
Contact your Subject Librarian for assistance with information / digital literacy instruction orlocating online course materials, including but not limited too: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming services.
Course readings and E-reserve services
Online course readings are prepared prior to every semester. Faculty and instructors should submit requests for upcoming terms.
If you require additional readings for completion of the winter term, please contact Kraigen Brown: email@example.com
For information on copyright regarding course materials, research and teaching, please email Ann Ludbrook: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see: Quick Copyright Tips for Rapidly Shifting Your Course From In-person to Online
Accessibility Services in the Library
Information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email Kelly Dermody: email@example.com
Library Spaces and Research Hubs
All Library spaces and research hubs are closed until further notice. Services and resources will remain available, but may be limited, at this time.
Archives and Special Collections, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Collaboratory, please email: email@example.com
Geospatial Map & Data Centre, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, please email: email@example.com
Note: the Library DME is offering all of their tutorials online.
Ryerson University Updates and Campus Information
Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates
President Mohamed Lachemi’s announcement on university’s plans to deal with COVID-19
Continuity of Teaching Guide for Faculty
Continuity of Learning for Students.