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!

Ryerson Library Research Guides

Did you know that we have research guides available for every major subject at Ryerson?

Research guides contain a lot of helpful information, such as the best academic journals and websites related to your area of study, where to find related books in the library collection, citation help, and valuable search tips.

Research guides are a great place to start your research and familiarize yourself with the most useful resources for your particular field, whether you are on or off campus. We also have a detailed guide on doing research assignments here, which applies to all subjects and programs. With Reading Week coming up, we know that many people can’t make it to campus, so we hope you’ll find these tools useful for starting your research at home!

RU Debt Free? Free Financial Literacy Workshop Series


RULA will be offering RU Debt Free?, a free Financial Literacy Workshop series over the course of the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters, open to all Ryerson students. Drop by and learn about budgeting, banking, saving, credit basics, and financial life during and after school.

Registration is now open for all undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. There are a total of 5 sessions which will be offered afternoons and evenings in both Fall and Winter. You can view the full schedule now.

Register early, as space is limited!

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!

The Grand Library Shift Project

This summer a team of library staff undertook a massive shifting project in order to integrate our print serials with the rest of our book collection. The purpose of this project was to create more space in the library for students, create more space for our collection, and to make our print collection more accessible.

A total of 515,946 books were moved in the course of these project, and 20,828 shelves were cleaned to make the library a more pleasant and welcoming space.

If you are a frequent visitor to the library stacks, you may notice that things are not where they used to be, and that a lot of books have changed floors. We have updated our catalogue, signage in the stacks, and signage in the elevator to reflect all of the changes that were made during this shift.

A big, huge thank you goes out to all of the staff that were involved in this important project. Drop by the library when you get a chance and see how our space has improved!

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!

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!