Library help guide to exams!

Looking for a quiet place to study?
Need a study break?

We can help! Check out Library study spaces and stressbusters.

Study spaces

Quiet Study Zones:
4th to 9th Floors

Group Study Rooms:
5th to 9th Floors

Silent Study Area:
10th Floor – Individual Study


Colour your stress away
Grab a board game
Visit us at the Circulation Desk

Knit out the nerves
Tuesdays, 11 to 12 p.m.,
Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Experience Media Lab (DME)

Relax by the Augmented Sandbox
Anytime at the DME

Enter a new virtual reality
Ask at the DME

Grab a snack!
Visit us at the Circulation Desk

Meditation for stress and concentration
Monday  – Friday, 4 p.m., LIB 408

Free coffee and candy
Monday – Friday, 2 p.m.
2nd Floor, Library entrance while supplies last.
Please bring your own cup with lid.

Need earplugs?
Visit us at the Circulation Desk


Good luck! You’ve got this!


Share your vision for the Ryerson campus

Ryerson and the city have grown and it’s time to update the Campus Master Plan – with your help

Want to see more teaching space, learning space or living space on campus? Now’s your chance to tell us what the campus means to you. Outdoor gathering spaces? Other ideas? Ryerson invites you to share your thoughts and priorities for how campus should evolve over the next 10+ years. We want to hear about everything from classroom design to sustainability.

You are invited to contribute to a vision for the Ryerson campus. On April 10, visit the Student Campus Centre (SCC) lobby from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lobby at 10 Dundas Street East from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Read the full Ryerson article

Introducing Ryerson University Library Visiting Scholar, Michael Ridley


Ryerson University Library welcomes visiting scholar Michael Ridley. A current PhD candidate with the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University, Ridley’s research focuses on the opaqueness of machine learning systems and explainable artificial intelligence, with the intent of demystifying systems in order to build trust in the data and information they generate.  

His research spans not only machine learning and explainable artificial intelligence, but also includes algorithmic and digital literacies–areas of study well situated within the expertise and mandate of libraries. Both academic and public libraries have an important role to play in helping to create transparency, which will enable trust in systems, and the ability to build and use them in productive and creative ways.

As a Visiting Scholar, Ridley is available to collaborate with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from across campus. He will be working with librarians and Library staff to advance internal scholarly, research and creative (SRC) initiatives, and will also be helping the Library continue developing strategic partnerships in the area of machine learning. Building on existing relationships with public libraries across Canada and his new appointment as a Vector Institute Fellow, Ridley brings valuable community and city building connections to this role.

Noting the innovation fostered and supported at Ryerson–and recognizing the Library as unique venue for advanced research in the area of artificial intelligence and machine learning–he’s excited to create new opportunities and potential pilot projects with librarians and staff. “Librarians are faced with translating information needs and requests into queries that seek to provide the best resources in a huge information space, which is getting larger and larger by the second,” says Ridley. “One way this type of technology could help is by creating a system that enables librarians to sift through resources in more effective ways.” This type of project would effectively lead to improved understanding and application of a system.

Chief Librarian, Carol Shepstone is enthusiastic about Ridley’s term, and the research opportunities he brings to the Library. “Mike comes to the Library with wealth of knowledge and critical insight in a field of study that is of great interest to our work in the Library, but also to many research projects and centres around the University,” says Shepstone. “As a new Visiting Scholar, I know Mike will add to our thinking and understanding of this rapidly evolving field. I am thrilled he has agreed to join us in this capacity.”  


Contact and office hours

Library Collaboratory, Room 387A
Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm
Twitter: @mridley

Michael Ridley is the former Chief Librarian and Chief Information Officer at the University of Guelph (1995 to 2012), and has served as President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, the Ontario Library Association, and as Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.



Library Think Tank Discussion: Cross-Sections of Fabrication: Processes and Design of Large Scale 3D Printing in Architecture and Aerospace Engineering


Dr. Jonathon Anderson and Dr. Kazem Fayazbakhsh present talks on design and implementation solutions offered by large-scale 3D printing in the fields of architecture and aerospace engineering.

Dr. Kazem Fayazbakhsh,
Assistant Professor, FEAS

Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) is one of the most popular processes of 3D printing and offers flexibility in manufacturing with a wide range of materials. Commercial desktop FFF 3D printers are cost effective and do not require specific power or installation requirements. Nonetheless, most parts in industry are larger than the build volume of most desktop 3D printers. To help Canadian industry adopt 3D printing, investigation of full-scale components out of high-performance materials is required. In the Facility for Research on Aerospace Materials and Engineered Structures (FRAMES), robotic 3D printing with a 20 in × 20 in build plate is developed. A laser line scanner is also mounted on the robot to inspect parts for defects during printing. Research outcomes in this field will extend the use of 3D printed parts in industrial applications.


Jonathon Anderson,
Assistant Professor, FCAD

On a global scale, cross-disciplinary research to leverage the full potential of digital fabrications and applications of robotics are at the forefront of architectural design.

This presentation will introduce the hardware and software control of a KUKA KR AGILUS industrial robot and the printing process through algorithmic designs. Several projects will be presented to show how the use of a robotic arm with custom engineered end effectors (spool fed and pellet fed extruders) have the ability to export and realize the architectural potentials of robotic extrusion beyond traditional addictive fabrication processes. These digital fabrication systems are applied with traditional design methods to investigate computational craft approaches to designed objects, systems, surfaces, and interiors. Building on the principles of computational craft, robotic fabrication seeks to build on recent advancements by examining the ways in which robotic arms have come to be seen as transcending their traditional role as performers of the monotonous tasks of mass manufacturing pipelines (Gramazio & Kohler, 2008) and instead be viewed as part of the toolset available for the production of crafted and unique work.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Collaboratory, Library 3rd Floor (LIB387)
Refreshments provided

Please RSVP by April 2, 12PM

LibQUAL+ 2019 Survey

Ryerson University Library is currently participating in the LibQUAL+ survey, along with several other Canadian university libraries. The Library participated in LibQUAL+ in 200720102013, and 2016. Please visit the Library results from previous survey.

Starting the week of March 20th, a random sample of students and faculty will receive an e-mail invitation to complete the web-based survey.  Participation is completely voluntary and the process is entirely confidential.  Students may choose, if they wish, to submit their email for a chance to win one of three $50 Starbucks gift cards.  Neither the email address nor any other personal identification will be transmitted with the survey responses.

We sincerely hope that you will complete the survey if you receive an email invitation to participate in LibQUAL+ 2019.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions, please email:

Revitalizing the Ryerson campus: How construction improvements will make our campus greener, more accessible and pedestrian-friendly

If you notice some construction on Gould and Victoria Streets in the coming weeks, you may wonder what’s going on and why.

The work will be part of the Campus Core Revitalization project, designed to enhance the quality of safe, accessible spaces and implement infrastructure upgrades, resulting in a campus that’s greener, more easily accessible, pedestrian-friendly and connected to the community.

“As a key component of our Campus Public Realm Plan, this project really aims to create common outdoor spaces on campus where our community can come together and thrive,” said Deborah Brown, vice-president, administration and operations. “While addressing these needs, we are taking the opportunity to build accessibility into the design and to modernize our infrastructure. We want to create a defined campus core that encourages community connections and enhances the experience of being at Ryerson.”

Read the full article in Ryerson Today

Learn more about the Campus Public Realm Plan

“Rule of the Robot” event in the Library Collaboratory

On Thursday, March 14, 2019 Ryerson University Advancement hosted the “Rule of the Robot” Blue & Gold Society event at the Library Collaboratory.

Members of the Blue & Gold Society joined Valerie Pringle, Chair, for an exclusive peek inside the Ryerson University Library Collaboratory and Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, where research meets tech in interdisciplinary collaboration.

Read the full article on Giving to Ryerson

eCampusOntario Webinar: Open Leadership and Institutional Strategy Focus Session

Moderated by eCampusOntario’s Lena Patterson, this session will feature leaders from two institutions that have adopted open education as part of a larger strategy. Join this session to learn about what is involved in exploring an OE strategy from various leadership perspectives and how open education initiatives might dovetail with institutional mission and vision going forward.

Laurie Rancourt, Senior Vice President Academic, Humber College
Carol Shepstone, Chief Librarian, Ryerson University

Time: 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm

Watch in Person: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library

Register Here  *Online*

Library Student Townhall

We want to hear from you about buying and using textbooks.

Drop by and share your experience. We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full and your mind open.

We’ll have pizza and refreshments to make sure your belly is full and your mind open.

Time: 12 pm to 2 pm

Location: Ryerson Library LIB386C, 3rd Floor of Library


eCampusOntario Open Library Launches

eCampusOntario Open LibraryRyerson Library congratulates eCampusOntario on its launch today of the Open Library of Open Educational Resources for post-secondary institutions in Ontario.  This Library consists of a wide range of Open Educational Resources (resources that are licensed in such a way that they are free for students to download and for faculty members to adapt for use in their courses).

Ryerson University (Computing and Communication Services, Office of eLearning, Learning and Teaching Office, Digital Education Strategies at the Chang School and the Ryerson Library ) has been involved in all stages of this project – from building the prototype to operationalizing the resulting library.

Several Ryerson faculty members have or will be contributing textbooks to this library.  This nursing textbook, Vital Sign Measurement Across the Lifespan,  created by Dr. Jennifer Lapum and her team is available at no charge to all students in NSE 13.  Other Ryerson-authored books will be added in the near future.

eCampusOntario will officially launch the Open Library during a webinar today.  If you would like to attend the webinar, drop by LIB386C at noon.