The photo shows the reference desk at the University. Photo courtesy of Moqub, Creative Commons.

The reference desk at the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library. Graduate students can now access the library for free. (Creative commons / Moqub )


Graduate students can now register for a stack access card that will allow them to use the University of Toronto’s Robarts Library for the 2014-15 academic year.

This announcement comes after Ryerson declined to renew its borrower’s agreement with the U of T libraries this September. The decision was due to increasing costs and a decline in student use.

Typically the pass would cost a student $50 a year, but a pilot fund has been set in place to provide students with a pass for free.The fund is supported by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic, the Office of the Dean, the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, and the Ryerson University Library and Archive.


With the card, students can use Robarts’ closed stacks on floors nine to 13. It does not allow students to borrow, but there are alternative options available.Students can browse Ryerson’s own library collection, contact their section librarian and suggest the item be included into Ryerson’s collection.


They may also borrow the item through RACER, a free interlibrary loan service.Students can register for the card at the Reader Registration desk on the first floor of the Robarts Library. They will be required to show their Ryerson OneCard.


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