Visit the Library Collaboratory’s Virtual Drop-In Hours, Monday through Friday, to meet with Collaboratory Staff. Need help with your research or getting a project off the ground? Need some help with writing for scholarships and grant writing? Would you like to know more about how technology fits into your research? Thinking about developing a prototype as part of your research? We’re here to support you.


Accessing the Collaboratory during COVID-19:
Research appointments are designed to meet the needs of researchers who require access to specific equipment, collections, software or space, and for whom this need cannot be met through online resources and services. If a request is made, which the Library can meet through virtual services, researchers will be directed appropriately.

The Collaboratory is permitting limited and mediated access by appointment only, for faculty and graduate student members. Appointments are open for up to 2 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10AM – 1PM. Submit your appointment requests at least 2 days in advance.

To request an appointment, start here. Your appointment will be confirmed by email within 2 days. This email will also include important information for planning your visit to the Collaboratory.
* This service is for members of the Library Collaboratory only.

For Faculty

Individual faculty are free to explore the Collaboratory in whatever area they are interested in, whether to learn about new equipment or peruse their own research. Our goal is to lower the barrier for access to equipment for faculty. Fill out this form to verify faculty/instructor status and for requesting door access.

For Research Teams

Researchers who have a project team or would like dedicated space work can apply with a research project. Faculty whose research assistants need space to work or access to technology are welcome to register using this form, and will be contacted with progress.

How we can help

Through the Collaboratory, the library provides access to workspace and technology resources for Ryerson faculty, sessional instructors, staff, and graduate students.

Community + Workspace

Researchers and/or research teams get access to a multi-configurable work space for research meetings or physical fabrication, a quiet room for interviews, and more.

Consultants + Project Support

Collaboratory Consultants are available to assist and advise on project development. Our diverse skill set covers a variety of technologies and disciplines.

Technology Resources + Fabrication

Access 3D printers, laser cutters, digital embroidery machines and more. Consultants on staff can provide members with one-on-one tutorials for technology resources.

Upcoming Events

October 19, 2020
October 20, 2020
October 21, 2020
October 22, 2020
  • Virtual Drop-In

    October 22, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Intro to 3D Design for Prototyping

    October 22, 2020  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Led by Jimmy Tran, this short workshop will introduce neophytes to 3D design software. Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes. This workshop will introduce the concept of designing something to be made with 3D printing and other methods of fabrication.

    * This session is open to the Ryerson community. Beginners are welcome, no experience necessary. Space is limited.
    ** Participants will require Fusion 360 to follow along.

    Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-3d-design-for-prototyping-registration-119683457443

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October 23, 2020
October 26, 2020
October 27, 2020
  • Virtual Drop-In

    October 27, 2020  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Remote Collaboratory Orientation

    October 27, 2020  1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

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October 28, 2020
October 29, 2020
October 30, 2020
November 2, 2020
November 3, 2020
November 4, 2020
November 5, 2020
November 6, 2020
November 9, 2020
November 10, 2020
November 11, 2020
  • Virtual Drop-In

    November 11, 2020  10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Virtual Drop-In is available only for one hour on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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November 12, 2020
  • Virtual Drop-In

    November 12, 2020  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Virtual Drop-In is available only for one hour on Thursday, Nov 12.

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November 13, 2020
  • Virtual Drop-In

    November 13, 2020  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Virtual Drop-In is available only for one hour on Friday, November 13.

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November 16, 2020
November 17, 2020
November 18, 2020

Logo and Acknowledgment

All researchers and (and associated assistants) who access Ryerson Library Collaboratory resources (including consultation, workspace and training) in support are required to acknowledge this support by displaying the Ryerson University Library logo.
  • in all advertising and promotional materials (e.g. posters, bulletins, flyers, print ads);
  • in books, periodicals and other literature;
  • on CDs, DVDs and other artistic materials;
  • in music, film and video credits;
  • on websites;