Check out Patron Driven Acquisition (PDA) Project

The library partnered with Ebrary for its Patron-Driven Acquisition (PDA) program, which allows users to browse a preselected set of e-books and purchase a book on demand based on usage without a patron’s knowledge. Triggers for purchase include ten minutes of browsing, unique interactions, any copying or printing. A total of 688 e-books were purchased,  across all disciplines, from publishers such as McGraw Hill, Wiley, Elsevier, as well as a wide selection of university presses.

Subject categories covered by PDA

Subject categories covered by PDA

Changes to NetLibrary ebooks

Please note that, as of July 16, 2011, access to our NetLibrary ebook collection is now being provided through EbscoHost. If you haven’t checked out the preview yet, please do so at NetLibrary at EbscoHost.


As we migrate to the new system, please note the following:


  1. If you have previously created a personal account with NetLibrary, this account will cease to exist. Information about changing your account can be found here.
  2. Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is required for eBook downloading.
    A free download from Adobe is available here. 

  3. Create a My EBSCOhost account

    If you’ve never used EBSCOhost, you will need to create a new account. The process is easy and step-by-step instructions may be found here

    If you have an existing My EBSCOhost account, your existing account will support eBooks on EBSCOhost.

You can browse Ryerson’s NetLibrary ebook collection here. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at Let us know what you think about the new platform!

100,000 ebooks Now Available

Over 100,000 ebooks covering a wide variety of subject areas are now available from the Library. They can be found by searching the catalogue, browsing the individual ebooks collections (Scholars Portal Books, PsycBooks, Safari Tech Books Online, Oxford Reference Online, Knovel, EngNetBase and more) or by searching:

Off-campus users will be asked to sign in with their my.ryerson account to use most ebooks.