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Commercial Textbooks Challenges in an Online Environment

We know that the cost of textbooks and other course materials can represent a financial hurdle for students at Ryerson University. As we approach the fall 2020 semester, Library staff are working hard to provide alternative access to the print course reserves collection in order to help mitigate some of the cost and obstacles present in our current environment. 

This fall, short-term loan print course reserves will not be available because of health considerations. A significant portion of the books on reserve are print copies of required textbooks.  To support instructors and students over the next several months, we are developing new approaches to how we make available course readings; however, textbooks remain a challenge.

Most textbook publishers do not provide electronic purchasing options for libraries. Approximately 85% of existing course textbooks are simply unavailable to libraries in any other format than print. Textbook publishers have built their profit models around selling e-textbooks directly to students. 

Despite the Library’s commitment to make copies of all required textbooks and course materials available to assist those students who are unable to purchase their own, publishers such as the following, will not allow us to purchase an e-textbook version of their publications:

  • Pearson
  • Cengage
  • Houghton
  • McGraw Hill
  • Wiley
  • Wadsworth
  • Oxford University Press Canada (Textbook Division)
  • Elsevier imprints (especially in veterinary and health science) such as:
    • Elsevier Health Science
    • Mosby
    • Saunders
  • Thieme

This means that in courses that have adopted textbooks by these publishers, students who do not purchase the textbook will not have any alternative access to the textbook content. 

We are working with instructors to explore and identify viable textbook alternatives, including:

  1. Using an existing e-book in the relevant subject area from the Library’s e-book collection or requesting that the Library purchase one. There are many academic e-books that aren’t considered textbooks, and are therefore available for the library to purchase. Please contact your Subject Librarian to help you.
  1. Adopting an Open Educational Resource (OER). OERs are freely available educational materials that are openly licensed to allow for re-use and modification by instructors. You can find more about what is available at our OER Library Guide.  You can also consult our new OER by Discipline Guide
  1. Creating an online course pack through Library Digital Course Reading service (eReserve) by:
    • Posting individual book chapters or excerpts and scanned copies of the content, subject to copyright limitations. Copyright permission will be sought where feasible in cases where the excerpt falls outside of fair dealing guidelines.
    • Linking to content from the Library’s existing collection of electronic resources (e-books, journal articles, streaming media, and other digital materials) or acquiring new content whenever possible. Contact reserve@ryerson.ca

Efforts will be made to secure online materials that are free from digital rights management restrictions (DRM) when possible in order to ensure unfettered student access. DRM includes limits on the number of users that can access a resource at any one time, as well as limits on copying, printing and downloading. DRM-free content is also accessible and can be used by screen readers. 

Any instructors teaching a fall course are also welcome to contact your Subject Librarian  at any time for support with sourcing their course materials 

Questions?

Email us at reserve@ryerson.ca

Thank you to University of Guelph Libraries for sharing their language in  documenting these challenges. We have adapted their notice with permission.

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

The following are suggested resources, literature (electronic format) and films in celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

Indigenous Literature (available to the Ryerson community online)

For additional information, visit Indigenous Literatures and Authors

 

Drama:

God and the Indian: A Play / Taylor, Drew Hayden 

Many of Taylor’s plays are available in digital format from the series: North American Indian Drama
Other First Nation writers from Canada represented in this collection include Tomson Highway, Daniel David Moses, Yvette Nolan, Marie Clements, and Shirley Cheechoo.

 

 

 

Anthologies:

My Home As I Remember / Eds. Lee Maracle and Sandra Laronde.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry:

Kiyâm: Poems / McIlwraith, Naomi 

 

 

 

 

 

The Thunderbird Poems / Ruffo, Armand Garnet 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous:

Indigenous Perspectives

One Drum: Stories and Ceremonies for a Planet / Wagamese, Richard 

An Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America / King, Thomas 

The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative / King, Thomas 

Why Indigenous Literatures Matters / Justice, Daniel Heath 

Seasons of Hope: Memoirs of Ontario’s First Aboriginal Lieutenant-Governor / Bartleman, James 

Legacy: Trauma, Story, and Indigenous healing / Suzzane Methot. 

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Issues in Canada / Vowel, Chelsea.

Unsettling Canada: A National Wake Up Call / Manuel, Arthur, and Grand Chief Ronald M. Derrickson.

 

Documentary films (available to the public online):

Colonization Road: The path of reconciliation is long and winding / CBC Docs POV

The Pass System: Life Under Segregation in Canada / Williams, Alex

We were children / Wolochatiuk, Tim (available for rent through the National Film Board)

Trick or Treaty? / Obomsawin, Alanis 

Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance / Obomsawin, Alanis 

Celebrating Indigenous Storytellers Portal available from CBC Gem

 

Library subject guides (available to the Ryerson community):

Aboriginal approaches to health 

Aboriginal approaches to social work 

Aboriginal research porta

Indigenous politics and governance 

 

Additional resource (available to the public online):

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Yellowhead Institute

 

Suggested resources on anti-black racism

 

The following are some suggested resources on anti-black racism. For additional resources, please refer to the Black Experience in Canada libguide. For more information about these resources, please contact: Jane Schmidt| jschmidt@ryerson.ca

 

Books (available to the Ryerson community online)

Black like who?: writing Black Canada / by Rinaldo Walcott

 

 

 

 

Teaching community : a pedagogy of hope / bell hooks

 

 

 

 

From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation / Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

 

 

 

 

How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi (ebook on order)

 

 

 

 

 

The End of Policing / Alex S. Vitale (available as free download from publisher)

African Canadian leadership : continuity, transition, and transformation / edited by Tamari Kitossa, Erica S. Lawson, and Philip S.S. Howard.

Films (available to the Ryerson community online)

I am not your negro / written by James Baldwin ; directed by Raoul Peck.

The hate u give

13th (Note: Netflix documentary)

 

Selected articles and reports (publicly available online) 

What Is an Anti-Racist Reading List For? / Lauren Michele Jackson

The case for reparations / Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black / Desmond Cole

Black Women in Canada / Wallace, Jen Katshunga; Notisha Massaquoi; Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, City of Toronto; Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI); and Justine Wallace

Report of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent on its mission to Canada. / UN Human Rights Council

 

Resource guides (publicly available online)

#BlackLivesCDNSyllabus 

Abolition in Canada Syllabus

Black Lives Matter Allyship and Action Guide

Introduction to Critical Race Theory / Adrienne Keene

Ryerson Library Zoom Backgrounds

Decorative Graphic Ryerson Library Zoom Backgrounds

Want to ‘meet’ at the Library? Now you can be there virtually with Zoom backgrounds! Select your preferred background from the collection below. Come here without leaving home.


What is Zoom?

Zoom is an online meeting tool recommended for teaching-related web conferencing, especially if your classes comprise more than 100 people. All staff, faculty and teaching assistants have licensed Zoom accounts at this time. 

  • Features: screensharing, breakout rooms, annotations, chat, record meetings, and more.
  • Room capacity: 300 people per room.
  • Delivery method: Zoom desktop app (preferred) or Chrome web client (limited features).
  • Meeting length: Up to 4 hour meetings.

(reference: https://www.ryerson.ca/digital-media-projects/tools/zoom/)

The virtual background feature in Zoom allows users to display an image as the background during Zoom meetings.

How to Download the Ryerson Library images below:

  • Click on chosen image, the image will open up in a new tab
  • Right-click on your chosen image
  • Click “Download Linked File As” and save it to your chosen location (documents, downloads, desktop, etc.)

How to Set Downloaded Image as Backdrop in Zoom once you’ve launched a Zoom meeting:

  • Click on ^ next to “Stop Video” on the bottom left of your Zoom window and select “Choose Virtual Background”
  • Click on the + on the right-hand side below the current image in your settings
  • Click “Add Image”
  • Find your saved image and select it

Library resources and services for researchers

The Library provides access to a number of electronic materials to support research, including eBooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, data management tools, and publishing support. 

If you require access to a print book, please contact your subject librarian. We will attempt to purchase the title as an ebook. If an item is not available electronically, your subject librarian can assist you with finding alternate material. 

 

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to April 30, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Scholarly communications

The Library’s Scholarly Communications Guide contains helpful information related to scholarly communication and publishing. This includes information on where to publish, copyright, how to identify high quality journals and avoid predatory journals, tips on self-archiving your research, and details about open access publishing. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Research data management

The Library’s Research Data Management (RDM) service assists researchers in managing data throughout the course of a research project. Organizing, storing and securing data from the outset can make it easier to work with and help to meet privacy requirements. For more information, email Research Data Management Specialist, Emily Maemura emaemura@ryerson.ca

 

New acquisitions

The Library has added a wealth of new electronic resources to our collections to help advance SRC, and teaching and learning. Search the full list of resources by subject or name of publisher/package). Publishers have also extended temporary access to some resources.

 

NEW: Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

NEW: Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

 

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

NEW: In-Person Research Appointments

In-person Research Appointments are now available for researchers requiring access to materials and equipment in the Archives and Special Collections, and the Library Collaboratory. For more information, and to book an appointment, visit: In-person Research Appointments

 

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 racer@ryerson.ca.

 

Copyright 

The Library can assist faculty, researchers and students with information on copyright and Ryerson’s Fair Dealing Guideline, as well  as provide support for copyright compliance, author rights  and currently licensed Library materials. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca.

Subject librarians

Subject librarians support faculty and research teams in locating online research materials, including: journals, databases, data sets, streaming video, and more. They can help identify relevant journals for publication, and provide advice and best practices for systematic reviews, including use of citation management tools.

 

Ryerson University Library Digital Repository

Share your work! The Ryerson University Library Digital Repository collects, archives, and provides online access to research materials created by the Ryerson community, includertations, articles, and more. A new platform is in development to better help researchers showcase their work online. For more information, email Head of Collection Services, Brian Cameron bcameron@ryerson.ca.

 

ORCID iD

Enhance your online research profile with your ORCID iD–a unique identifier that enables faculty, researchers and graduate students to distinguish their research online, ORCID iDs are also increasingly being required by publishers and granting agencies. For more information, email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook aludbrook@ryerson.ca

 

Library Collaboratory vitrual workshops

The Library Collaboratory is offering a number of research drop-ins and workshops throughout the spring and summer.

Library resources and services for teaching

 

The Library provides access to resources and services that support teaching and learning at Ryerson including online research skills instruction for classes, online workshops, individual research and reference help and access to a number of electronic material, including: ebooks, online journal article databases, primary source databases, streaming media and more

If you are looking for access to textbooks, please contact your subject librarian. If there is an opportunity to purchase an electronic version of a book we have in our print collection, your subject librarian can assist you. If an electronic version is not available through a publisher, we can attempt to find alternate material for your course.   

 

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to April 30, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Library Instruction 

Subject librarians are providing online specialized research group workshops and research skills instruction to classes. Please contact your subject librarian to discuss and schedule a live virtual session for your students.

 

Subject Librarians

Subject librarians assist faculty with locating online course materials, including, but not limited to: readings, data sets, videos, podcasts and streaming media. 

 

Supplementary Course Materials Guide

The supplementary course materials guide provides 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 and students. Access to all online resources is available 24/7.

 

Copyright and eReserves

Ensure students have easy (and copyright compliant) access to digital course readings. For information on copyright please email Copyright and Scholarly Engagement Librarian, Ann Ludbrook: aludbrook@ryerson.ca. To request eReserve course readings, please email reserve@ryerson.ca.

 

OER and Pressbooks

Open Educational Resources (OER) are materials that can be used and reused freely for educational purposes. The Library supports the collection and creation of OER by Ryerson faculty through the Ryerson University Pressbooks platform. For more information, email Web Services Librarian, Sally Wilson swilson@ryerson.ca.

 

Electronic Resources 

The Library offers a vast and growing collection of electronic resources including ebooks, journals and newspapers, data sets, streaming media, databases (search by subject), Open Educational Resources (OER), as well as a curated list of resources temporarily offered for free by publishers. Note: there is no access to the Library print collections at this time. 

 

Textbooks

Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for specific electronic textbooks for purchase. While the Library has access to some ebooks, commercial sale is primarily available to students only. Additionally, the Library cannot guarantee every student will have access, at the same time, to an ebook the Library has been able to purchase. This is especially important to note if using an ebook for an open book exam.

Also note, that in some cases, publishers do not provide textbooks in electronic format. Please contact your subject librarian for alternate material, if a textbook is only available in print format. 

Check the Campus Store for access to electronic textbooks for specific courses.

NEW: Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

 

New: Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

 

NEW: Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

 

Accessibility Services in the Library

For information on accessible formats, media captioning, and shifting to alternate accessible course delivery modes, please visit Library Accessibility Services, or email eLearning and Accessibility Services Librarian, Kelly Dermody: kdermody@ryerson.ca

 

Research Help

Research help has moved entirely online and is available to all students and Ryerson community members. Visit the Library’s Ask a Librarian live chat  service, or email your question to: refdesk@ryerson.ca

Library resources and services for students 

Updated: November 23, 2020

New: Extended Due Dates

Due date for all loans signed out in 2020 have now been moved to April 30, 2021.  Some exceptions apply.  Please contact access@ryerson.ca if you have a question.

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research Help)

Hours of operation (Sept. 8 – Dec. 11, 2020):

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.


Email reference assistance

  • General: refdesk@ryerson.ca
  • Archives and Special Collections: beginning Sept 8. – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: asc@ryerson.ca
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre: beginning Sept 8.  – virtual research help and appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: librdata@ryerson.ca
  • The Library’s Isaac Olowolafe Jr.  Digital Media Experience (DME) Lab: beginning Sept 8. – virtual appointments and digital skill appointments, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


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.

New: Virtual Library DME Appointments

The Library’s Digital Media Experience Lab is open for Virtual Tutorials. Book an online appointment with student advisor. Advisor are trained to provide easy to understand and supportive help with tools such as, Adobe Premiere, After Effect Audition / Cakewalk, and more!

Laptop and Wifi Lending

The Library has laptops and mobile internet hotspots available (in limited supply) for remote lending for student use within Ontario. This is a service provided by the Ryerson Library to assist students who require access to technology in order to complete courses remotely during COVID-19. Users will need to complete and submit this online request form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Note:  As of October 18, 2020 all internet hotspots are in use.

TRSM and Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending

Laptop Lending for TRSM is restricted to undergraduate and graduate students, both full-time and part-time and who are currently enrolled in Ted Rogers School of Management programs only. TRSM users will need to complete and submit this TRSM Laptop Lending Request Form to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Laptop Lending for the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture is restricted to full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science programs only.  FEAS users will need to complete and submit this  Engineering and Architectural Science Laptop Lending Request Form  to access this program. Students who are experiencing hardship as a result of the pandemic will receive priority.

Subject Librarians

Connect with your subject librarian to learn more about resources and materials available specifically for your area of study. 

Online Resources

Access to all online resources including ebooks, ejournals, data, streaming video/media  and more, remains available 24/7.

Textbooks

Short term loans of our textbook collection are currently unavailable. Please check the Ryerson Campus Store for electronic textbooks.

Course Readings

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: reserve@ryerson.ca

Electronic Resources

The Ryerson Library subscribes to a wide array of electronic resources (articles, ebooks, 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.

Scan and Deliver Service

Scan and Deliver Service, along with Print Pickup Service, is available to students, faculty and staff who require access to portions of printed works (chapters, articles, etc.) that fall within copyright permissible amounts can make a request through our Scan and Deliver Service. Requests can be placed through the Library’s online catalogue.

Contactless Book Return

In person, Contactless Book Return is available, by appointment, 7 days per week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Appointments may be booked using Google Calendar Appointment Slots.  For an invitation, please email access@ryerson.ca

Contactless Print Pickup

Starting July 14, 2020, Ryerson Library is pleased to offer Contactless Print Pickup Service for print books that are not available electronically. This service is open to Ryerson community members with an active OneCard.

Temporarily Restricted: Study Space Booking

Important notice: the Province of Ontario has announced additional measures as part of its COVID-19 Response Framework under which they are requiring individuals living in Toronto to restrict trips outside of the home for essential reasons only, and to limit contact with individuals outside of your household. These come into effect Monday, November 23, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.. when Toronto will enter the grey “Lockdown” phase of this Framework for a minimum of 28 days to help halt or interrupt the transmission of COVID-19.

In keeping with these new measures the University has temporarily restricted access to student study spaces. We encourage students to stay home and limit contact as outlined in the framework. If you are in need of special or alternate arrangements such as a laptop or wifi hotspot loan to complete your work, please email, access@ryerson.ca. If your access to the Library onsite facilities is essential and critical to being able to successfully meet the mandatory requirements of your classes and their learning objectives, please refer to the revised information on temporary restricted study space bookings in the Library. For any further questions, please email access@ryerson.ca

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Note, access is temporarily restricted: Computer stations are available for booking in the Library’s Ronald D. Besse Information & Learning Commons, located on the main floor. The number of available stations has been reduced to adhere to physical distancing guidelines and to limit floor capacity in order to maintain as safe an environment as possible for students and Library staff. To book a study space, visit: Study Space Booking

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 racer@ryerson.ca.

Online Articles and Databases

Access electronic multiple articles in databases, search journals, newspapers and magazines, or find specific articles  .

Research Guides

Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide

The citation guide provides assistance properly citing all material in various citation styles like APA, plus a list of free citation management programs.

Library Workshops

The Library hosts a number of virtual workshops each month. Learn about everything from finding credible resources, literature and systematic reviews to Adobe Lightroom and virtual board games.

Ryerson Library calls for community content for COVID-19 digital archive

The archive will serve as a repository for future research and experiential learning

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” has proven true as the COVID-19 global pandemic has unfolded. People have searched for images that show what the virus has done to cities across the globe, and have found comfort in videos of neighbours singing together from their balconies in isolation. Ryerson Library Archives and Special Collections have created a digital home for content just like this, and are inviting the Ryerson community to contribute through an online portal. The material they receive will be used for future research and experiential learning.

Read full Ryerson Today article by Michelle Grady

Contribute to the COVID-19 digital archive

Celebrating the Year to the Nurse and the Midwife

The Archives and Special Collections have posted an excellent blog dedicated to celebrating the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Author’s  blog note: The planning for this blog started in November 2019, to tie into exhibits and other events to celebrate the World Health Organization’s declaration that 2020 would be The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. At that time COVID-19 was not a known entity and now 5 months later we are in the midst of an international health crisis. We would like to take this moment to recognize Nurses and Midwives for all of their hard work and dedication. The Nurses who care for us and our loved ones on a day to day basis, and those who are working on the front line of this pandemic – Thank you. The Midwives who support and care for their patients and are doing so now during these unprecedented times – Thank you.

Read the full blog post Celebrating the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Ryerson Library Resources and Services Update

 

For the most recent updates on resources and services, check the information for Students | Instructors | Researchers


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: refdesk@ryerson.ca

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 access@ryerson.ca. 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.

 

Laptops

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 access@ryerson.ca. 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.

Print materials:
Access to print materials will not be available until further notice. Please contact your Subject Librarian, or refdesk@ryerson.ca for assistance with alternate electronic resources.

For all other borrowing and lending questions, please email the Library at access@ryerson.ca

Student Academic Resources and Services

Research and Reference Help:

Ask-a-Librarian  (Virtual Research 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.


Online Resources:

Textbooks
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

Course Readings
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: reserve@ryerson.ca

Electronic Resources
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 racer@ryerson.ca.

Online Articles and Databases
Access electronic articles and journals.

Research Guides
Research guides can assist you with finding online articles and books applicable to your topic and courses.

Citation Guide
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.

Subject Librarians
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: reserve@ryerson.ca

Copyright
For information on copyright regarding course materials, research and teaching, please email Ann Ludbrook: aludbrook@ryerson.ca

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: kdermody@ryerson.ca

 

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: asc@ryerson.ca

Library Collaboratory, please email: collab@ryerson.ca

Geospatial Map & Data Centre, please email: librdata@ryerson.ca

Library Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, please email: dme@ryerson.ca
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