Welcome to the Ryerson Library Archives & Special Collections

Open for scheduled appointments only

Due to COVID-19, the Ryerson Library Archives and Special Collections reading room is open for scheduled appointments only. Fill out our Mediated Access Appointment Form to make an appointment. For more information, email us at asc@ryerson.ca.

The Library has also moved many services and most resources online. For more information, please visit: Library Services and Resources Update. For Ryerson campus information, visit: Ryerson COVID-19 Information and Updates.

A note on language in archival descriptions

Ryerson Library Archives & Special Collections consists of historical items and records that may contain offensive, outdated language in their titles and descriptions, and/or may depict individuals or groups, particularly those who are marginalized, in a negative way. Maintaining these records, and making them available to students, researchers, and the public, is important to help to understand the historic and continued burden marginalised communities face.

We are actively working on updating archival descriptions to name instances of discrimination, contextualize records and use vocabulary that respects the people and events represented in the material. More information about this initiative can be found on our website.

Share your experience!

We are living in unprecedented times, Ryerson Archives invites the Ryerson community to submit your first hand experience of this epidemic through our "Covid-19 Ryerson Experience" portal. Submit your text, image, or video documentation of your experience, to serve as the primary source research for future studies.

The Archives serves as the institutional memory of the Ryerson community. The Archives appraises, preserves, and makes accessible a broad range of primary source materials which provide 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.