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Direct Borrowing

Most Canadian universities have agreed that students, staff and faculty may borrow books in person directly from each others’ libraries. Ryerson Library users wishing to borrow directly from another university library should present their valid library card at the Circulation Desk of that library. All policies and procedures for the lending library, including penalties and fines, will apply. Please see the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for more details regarding participating libraries and identification required. Items borrowed from out-of-province libraries must be returned directly to the individual library. Ryerson Library accepts returns from Ontario University libraries only. Items from other libraries may also be acquired via the Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery department.

Borrowing from U of T libraries:

  1. The Library’s InterLibrary Loan Service allows the Ryerson community to borrow items at no cost from other university library collections, including UTL.  Print items are delivered to the Library, and electronic delivery of journal articles is now available.
  2. To browse the collection at Robarts Library, members of the Ryerson community may purchase either the short-term visitor stack pass ($20), or the annual Stack Access Card ($50). More information is available on the UTL website.  Robarts Library has a stack retrieval service where visitors can have items pulled from the stacks for them to review. Note that most college libraries at U of T allow public access to their collections for browsing at no cost.
  3. To borrow from UTL, register as an external researcher – the new annual fee is $310/year, with pro-rated amounts for those who purchase part-way through the year. Reduced rates are available for seniors and U of T alumni.