Library and Archives

To support the university’s unique programs, the Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) maintains an extensive collection of print materials and electronic resources. Print materials, including books, print journals, maps, as well as audio visual (AV) resources, e.g., CDs, videos, and DVDs, are housed in the Library. The Library also provides access to a wide range of online databases, e-journals, e-books, geospatial and statistical data, and digitized AV resources.

RULA's Digital Repository collects faculty research as well as a large number of graduate papers (major research papers, thesis projects, theses, and dissertations).

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.

A valid my.ryerson account is required to access online resources. Many course readings are available online through Brightspace by D2L.

The Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons on the main floor provides approximately 140 computer workstations for student use, and also houses the Learning Commons Lab for library instruction, and the Geospatial Map and Data Centre. Labs on the 3rd and 6th floors provide additional access to computers. Laptops are also available for borrowing from the Circulation desk. Both laptops and computers in the Information and Learning Commons have DVD players to view AV materials. Please inquire at Circulation for our VHS viewing station.

The Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience Lab, a Library initiative which offers workshops in the use of advanced digital technologies, is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Learning Center (SLC). The SLC is accessible from the main floor of the Library. The Writing Support, Math Support, and other academic support services are also located on the 4th floor of the SLC in Student Learning Support.


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.

Students who fail to pay library fines will have their grade(s) withheld until fines have been cleared and/or overdue library materials are returned. Students should familiarize themselves with the various 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. Scanners are also available.

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; from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday; and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Please check the Research Help Services page for spring/summer and other seasonal hours.
  • When the Research Help Desk is open, students can also call us for information and research help at 416-979-5055, Option 3.
  • The Library also offers online chat research help for online users that connects them with library staff while engaged in research online via the Ask a Librarian Chat button on the Library homepage.
  • 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 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Research appointments take place near the Research Help Desk on the Library’s main floor. Appointments can be scheduled using the Book a Librarian button on the Library homepage.
  • Students can utilize the the many Research Guides created by expert subject specialist.
  • Throughout the academic year, the Library offers free workshops to help build research skills. Register online from the Library website.
  • 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 & Geospatial Data resources through the Geospatial Map & Data Centre (GMDC).

For more information on how the Library can assist you with your research, please visit Research Help.

Study Space

Quiet and group study is available throughout the Library. Floors 4, 6, 7, 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. The collections housed in the Archives provide an administrative, academic, fiscal, legal, social, and cultural record of Ryerson University from its inception up to the present day.

Special Collections was established to help support 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.

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

To make an appointment, email or or call 416.979.5000, ext. 7027.

To search the Archives and Special Collections, visit and for more information about Archives and Special Collections, please visit the Archives and Special Collections website.

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