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The Ryerson University Library has several specialized collections that are unique to the university.

Ryerson Archives

The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Ryerson community. The Archives appraises, preserves, and makes accessible a broad range of primary source materials which provide administrative, academic, fiscal, legal, social, and cultural record of Ryerson University.

Special Collections

Special Collections was established to help support the learning and teaching needs and facilitate the scholarly, research and creative activities of the Ryerson community by acquiring and preserving photography, film and cultural history objects. We have a particular responsibility to help students and staff gain access to objects in niche subject areas and aid them in the interpretation of those objects. Come in and see what we have to offer!

Map and Data Resources

The Geospatial Map and Data Centre (GMDC) is located on the main floor of the Ryerson University Library, within the Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons and via its website. The GMDC provides access to a wide range of Geospatial Data and GIS, an extensive Paper Map Inventory, and Statistics and Research Data. The GMDC supports the academic and research needs for members of the Ryerson University Community (students, staff, and faculty) by providing geographic information resources (in digital format and print), locating statistics and data, and government publications.


RShare is a resource for collecting, preserving and providing access to the digital content produced by members of the Ryerson community. It contains articles, data, videos, audio files, 3D models, working papers, preprints, postprints, technical reports, conference papers, and more.