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The Ryerson University Library offers a welcoming community where you can learn new skills, explore academic resources and get the support you need to excel in your studies.

Student talks to a Librarian at the help desk.

Come ask a question. Library staff are ready to offer expert instruction and assistance with all research, copyright, and digital literacy related questions.

  • Chat Online - Ask a Librarian: Chat with a Librarian online to access reference and research help from anywhere on or off campus.
  • Research Help: Drop in or book an appointment at Research Help, located on the main floor of the Library. Get help finding academic resources including print publications, books, articles, ejournals and more.
  • iDesk: Ask for information and technology assistance at the iDesk located on the main floor of the Library in the Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons.
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Come here to succeed. The Library is here to help you thrive academically. Whether you want to improve your research skills, access academic resources, or acquire new knowledge, we have services and resources to help you.

  • Subject-specific Librarians: Learn about Library resources specific to your program. Subject Librarians provide research skills instruction and guidance on appropriate academic publications and resources.
  • Subject Research Guides: Explore research guides that include access to databases, books, ejournals and articles specific to your area of study.
  • Research Help Guide: Visit our online step-by-step guide to developing and organizing your research plan for academic essays.
Student gets research help on a computer.

Come here without leaving home. The Library provides more than 600,000 ebooks, ejournals, streaming videos and datasets and more – available to you wherever you are.

  • Library Catalogue: Access over one million academic resources. Search for books, journals, multimedia material, and borrow resources from other university libraries.
  • Chat Online - Ask a Librarian: Chat with a Librarian online to access reference and research help from anywhere on or off campus.
  • Online Course Readings: The Library’s e-reserve service ensures high-demand course readings are available over the duration of your course.
Students work on a group project in a study room.

Come to a place with something for everyone. The Library is a place where you can find a quiet space or group study room, receive accessibility assistance for course materials, and access required textbooks.

  • Quiet and Group Study: Book group study rooms to collaborate on projects or find study space. The Library has areas dedicated to group, quiet and silent study.
  • Accessibility: Our accessibility services provide course readings, textbooks, PowerPoint presentations, class handouts, into accessible formats including readable PDFs, Word, Mp4s and Braille.
  • Textbooks on Reserve: The Library provides access to required textbooks. Visit the Borrowing and Lending Services Desk (main floor) to request a 2-hour textbook loan. 
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Come to a place worth exploring. The Library is a gateway to a world of research with a rich array of resources ready for discovery.

  • Special Collections: Book an appointment with Special Collections to access rare books, photography, film and cultural and historical objects.
  • Ryerson Archives: Visit the Library Archives and discover historical records of Ryerson University and its predecessor institutions.
  • Geospatial Map and Data Centre (GMDC): Find support for academic and research needs related to various GIS, map, statistics and data resources.
Two students use a 3D printer.

Come start a project. From hands-on workshops that explore emerging technology like 3D printing and VR, to one-on-one tutorials on data visualization and programming, the Library offers experiential learning opportunities and access to new tech.