Library and Archives

To support the university’s unique programs, the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) maintains an extensive collection of print materials, electronic resources, and other resources including the following:

  • Books, print journals, maps, as well as audio visual (AV) resources, e.g., videos and DVDs.
  • Online databases, e-journals, e-books, geospatial and statistical data, and digitized AV resources.
  • Course readings available online and in print
  • RULA’s Digital Repository collects faculty research, as well as a large number of graduate papers (major research papers, thesis projects, theses and dissertations)
  • Borrowable technology such as laptops and other emerging technologies

A valid my.ryerson account is required to access online resources.

In addition to resources available at Ryerson, we also provide access to items from other university collections through InterLibrary Loan. Digital copies of articles available at other university libraries can often be emailed to students within 48 hours.

Learning With Technology

Access to technology including desktop computers, printers, and scanners, is available in the Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons on the main floor. Labs on the 3rd and 6th floors provide additional drop-in access to computers when not used for classes.

The Geospatial Map and Data Centre provides access to geospatial and social science data, paper maps, and a GIS and data lab with specialized software such as ArcGIS and SPSS. Students can also book individual consultations or group workshops (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday) for assistance with GIS and geospatial data resources.

The Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab helps students acquire technology skills through workshops, peer tutoring, and one-on-one instruction and also provides access to specialized equipment, emerging technologies, and experiential learning opportunities. The lab is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Center (SLC), which is accessible from the main floor of the Library.


During the academic term, the Library is open from 7:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m. from Monday–Friday and from 10:00 a.m.–1:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please check the Library website for changes to hours.

Using the Library

Library cards are required to sign out books. Chang School students may obtain free library cards by presenting their registration receipts at the Circulation Desk. Library privileges are only valid for the duration of your course(s). A valid Ryerson OneCard may also be used for library transactions. Users are encouraged to learn more about library policies relating to the use of Library materials and facilities.

Photocopiers and Printers

Photocopiers are available on the 2nd and 5th floors and operate on a copy-card system, run by the Ryerson OneCard office. Coin-operated photocopiers are available on the 5th floor. To print from computers in the Library, you will need to have funds available on your OneCard. Funds can be loaded onto your card at the card value centre (CVC) machines, which are located on the 2nd and 5th floors of the Library. Printing from wireless laptops is also available. Reloadable copy cards for the use of the printers/photocopiers can be purchased at a cost of $5 (includes $4 worth of printing) from the CVC machines or from the Ryerson OneCard office.

Research Help

There are many ways Chang School learners can receive research help from the Library:

  • The Research Help Desk on the main floor provides drop in assistance for most research queries. During the fall and winter semesters, the Research Help Desk is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday; and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Please check the Research Help Services page for spring/summer and other seasonal hours.
  • The Library also offers online chat research help for users while engaged in research online via Ask a Librarian Chat. This service is available seven days a week, both on and off campus.
  • Students can also book a 30-minute, one-on-one appointment with a Library staff member to discuss their research. Appointments are available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. Research appointments take place near the Research Help Desk on the Library’s main floor. Appointments are scheduled using the Book a Librarian option on the Library homepage.
  • Students can utilize the many Research Guides created by an expert subject specialist.
  • Throughout the academic year, the Library offers free workshops to help build research skills. Register online from the Library website.

For more information on how the Library can assist you with your research, please visit Research Help or call us for information and research help at 416.979.5055, Option 3.

Study Space

Quiet and group study is available throughout the Library. Floors 4 and 9 are dedicated for individual quiet study, while the 10th floor is designated for Silent Study. Group study rooms on various floors are bookable online to further support group work. More study space is available in the Student Learning Centre, accessible from the main floor of the Library.

Archives and Special Collections

The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Ryerson community by appraising, preserving, and providing access to a broad range of primary source materials.

Special Collections acquires and preserves photography, film, and cultural history objects. Please visit the Archives and Special Collections website to learn more.

Hours: Monday–Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: 4th floor of the Ryerson Library

Contact Us

In person: 350 Victoria Street (at the corner of Gould and Victoria Streets). The Library’s entrance is on the 2nd floor of the Library Building, or through the 2nd floor of the Student Learning Centre.
By phone: 416.979.5055
Twitter: @ryersonlibrary