Ryerson University Library

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Ryerson University Library
Ryerson University Library.jpg
Looking at the Ryerson University Library from inside the Quad
Country Canada
Type Academic library
Established 1974
Location Toronto, Ontario
Collection
Items collected Books, journals, newspapers, sound recordings, databases, maps, drawings
Size 500,000 books, 3,700 journal titles
Website library.ryerson.ca
Book stacks on the 9th floor

Ryerson University Library and Archives is the library of Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. The Ryerson Library collection consists of over 500,000 books, and over CAD$3 million is spent annually to acquire electronic resources, including e-journals, e-books, databases and indexes, geospatial data, and catalogued websites or electronic documents. Most of the electronic resources can be accessed remotely by Ryerson community members with Internet access, although authentication of Ryerson Library registration is required for access to all commercial resources. The Library acquires materials to support the curriculum taught at the university and to support the research needs of faculty. All hard copy materials are housed in the Library building at Gould and Victoria Streets. In addition to library materials, the Library provides access to desktop computers, laptops, as well as research help and technology assistance.

The 11-storey tower was built in 1974, and is an example of Brutalist architecture.[1]

On January 18, 2008, the university announced the acquisition of properties including the former site of Sam the Record Man, which allowed the expansion of the library to a prime Yonge Street location.[2] The expansion was designed by architectural firms Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and Snøhetta of Oslo, Norway.

In February 2015, the library expansion opened its doors as the Student Learning Center (SLC).

Ronald D. Besse Information & Learning Commons[edit]

The Ronald D. Besse Information and Learning Commons, located on the main floor of the Ryerson University Library, provides access to a wide range of information resources with various technology available to student, faculty and staff.

The Commons area was named after a donation from Ronald D. Besse, the Commons provides learning support through a variety of services such as classroom instruction, reference services and technology support.

Archives and Special Collections[edit]

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

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Coordinates: 43°39′28″N 79°22′51″W / 43.65779°N 79.380716°W / 43.65779; -79.380716