I’ve never seen a building like this before. What is the Student Learning Centre and how can I use it?
What is the Student Learning Centre?
- The Student Learning Centre or as we like to call it, the SLC, is a place where Ryerson students and Ryerson community members come to study, collaborate, and invent. Along with its sister tower, the Ryerson University Library and Archives, the SLC is a 21st Century Library.
What influences the operations of the SLC?
- The building was opened on the basis of five principles:
- Respect the needs of the students.
- Maximize the use of the SLC in ways that support the first principle and promotes academic stakeholder activity.
- Leverage opportunities for student and Ryerson community engagement.
- Foster a dynamic environment.
- Enhance Ryerson University’s reputation.
What kinds of study spaces are there in the SLC?
- The SLC is made up of a total of eight unique floors. The seventh floor is quiet and has a dedicated graduate study space. Throughout the building you will find different types of study spaces:
Individual study carrels
Open-concept study space
Collaborative & group work rooms
Is the SLC only for studying?
- The Ryerson community is encouraged to use the SLC in ways that support the five principles. On top of studying, Ryerson community members can use the SLC for events through tabling opportunities, seminar rooms, and amphitheatre bookings.
The SLC is also home to five academic stakeholders, the School of Performance, Isaac Olowolafe Jr. Digital Media Experience (DME), DMZ Sandbox, the SEAL Team and Student Learning Support (SLS).
I can’t wait to come to the SLC. How do I get there?
How do I get into the SLC?
- The SLC is located at 341 Yonge Street, on the north-east corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. The SLC can be accessed during operating hours through the Gould Street doors or through the Library bridge. Doors lock after 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as on weekends. Students can continue to use the SLC by unlocking the doors using their OneCard.
Is the SLC accessible?
- All SLC entrances are accessible. At the Gould Street entrance, there is an elevator that can be used by those who require an accessible entrance from street level during operating hours.
I’m getting to the SLC by public transit, can you help me?
- If you’re traveling to the SLC by public transit there are many stations close by:
TTC – The nearest subway stations are College or Dundas station
GO Transit – The nearest stop is Union Station. From there it is a 20 minute walk or a 5 minute subway ride to Dundas station.
Greyhound bus – The Bay Street bus station is a block west of campus.
I’m in the SLC can I get to other buildings on campus without going outside?
- We know that being able to stay inside during the cold Canadian months is a priority! The SLC is connected to the Library through the bridge on Floor 2. The library is then connected to the Podium (POD), Jorgensen Hall (JOR), Kerr Hall and the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC), bringing you all the way across campus.
I’m involved on campus, can I put up posters or campaign within the SLC?
Can I put up posters in the SLC?
- As part of the 21st Century Library, the SLC uses dedicated digital signage as well as information kiosks to promote initiatives within the building. In the SLC, traditional postering is only used by Facilities and building maintenance crews to indicate temporary issues (i.e. out of order bathroom stalls, hazards, etc.). For more information on putting up posters on campus, check out the Ryerson community regulations. And to learn more about digital signage across campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ok, no posters. But can I campaign?
- Yes you can, but you must have a campaign badge from the SLC Welcome Desk or SEAL Team Headquarters (LIB 272B). Campaigning must also be restricted to Floor 1 and Floor 6. For more details check out our blog on campaign guidelines in the SLC.
I need technology to study. Is the SLC technology friendly?
Is there wifi in the building?
- The SLC has wifi available for all Ryerson students. If you are not a Ryerson student, you can connect to wifi if your home institution supports Eduroam. Before coming to the SLC, configure the wireless Eduroam connection and sign in using the same connection information used for your home institution.
Are there places to charge my laptop and phone?
Yes, every workstation has an outlet! There are also phone charging stations located in the main entrance of the SLC and on Floors 4 – 8 by the vending machines. They can charge any type of device. Please remember to stay with your device at all times.
What kind of A/V is in the Collaborative & Group Work Rooms?
- Each Collaborative & Group Work Room supports the connection of either a VGA or HDMI cable for playback on a wall mounted LCD.
Are there computer labs or printing stations in the SLC?
- The SLC is BYOL (Bring Your Own Laptop)! If you don’t have one with you, there is a great Laptop Loan Program in the Library. There are also two printing stations available in the Library on floors 2 and 5.
I love the look of the SLC. Can I do media projects here, specifically with filming and photography?
Can I take pictures in the SLC?
- Yes! We encourage students to take photos and document their experience at the SLC. Remember to post them with the hashtag #RSLC. The SLC is here to support students and all of your academic needs. To make sure all students are respected there are a few requirements:
Anyone external to the Ryerson Community should contact Johanna VanderMaas, Manager, Public Affairs at email@example.com prior to shooting any film or photographs in the SLC.
Anyone actively filming or taking photos is expected to be guided by the five principles of the SLC.
- Respect the needs of the students
- Maximize the use of the SLC in ways that support the first principle and promotes academic stakeholder activity
- Leverage opportunities for student and Ryerson community engagement
- Foster a dynamic environment
- Enhance Ryerson University’s reputation
Please review our guidelines for more details.
What are the requirements for filming in the SLC ?
- Any Ryerson community member filming/photographing in the SLC must:
Undertake to leave the SLC clean.
Abide by Ryerson codes of conduct and the principles noted above.
Assume responsibility for costs associated with damage to the premises which occur as a result of the filming.
Advise the SLC staff of any problems which arise during the film shoot.
Be respectful of privacy.
Please review our filming guidelines.
What is the first thing I should do when I come to the SLC to film or take photographs?
- If you are in compliance with the purpose, principles and requirements of the SLC, you’re free to photograph and film in the building. Your first step is a mandatory sign in with the SLC staff at the Welcome Desk in the Amphitheatre. Please be prepared to present your Ryerson OneCard to trade for a Media badge. When you are done your shoot, please return your badge for your OneCard and to be signed out.
Is there anywhere that I am not allowed to film or photograph?
- Filming is not permitted on Floor 7 (quiet study floor including the collaborative & group work rooms on this level).
- Any filming on the Floor 4 should be cleared with Student Learning Support services.
- No filming is permitted for the period from one week before the start of an exam period until the end of the exam period.
I can’t study if I get hungry. Is there food nearby to keep me focused?
It’s important to make sure you’re getting enough food and water while you’re studying. So there are water bottle refill stations and water fountains at the entrance of the washrooms on each floor.
If you’re looking for food, the SLC has a couple of options for you. If you brought food from home, there are microwaves in the Service Hub on the first floor of the Podium building. There is also a Starbuck in the Amphitheatre. If you need a snack, there are vending machines on most floors, each payable by OneCard. Drink vending machines also accept cash. Here’s the breakdown:
- Floor 2: snacks & stationery
- Floor 3: snacks & cold beverages
- Floor 4: snacks & cold beverages
- Floor 5: cold beverages & stationery
- Floor 6: snacks and coffee machine
- Floor 7: cold beverages & stationery
- Floor 8: snacks and coffee machine
There seems to be a lot going on in the SLC. I’d love to take a tour!
How can I take a tour of the SLC?
- There are weekday tours of the SLC at 12:00 p.m., and are approximately 45 minutes in length. All tours begin at the SLC Welcome Desk where you will be met by your tour guide(s). You can register for a tour using the sign-up form.
Is it possible to take a tour of one of the green roofs?
- In order to access the green roofs in the SLC, you must have adequate training, supervision, and harnessing, which unfortunately cannot be offered to our visitors. If you would like more information about the other green roofs at Ryerson, check out this site for more information.
I need to report a problem.
- If something is broken, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Campus Security, dial 416-979-5040.
Thanks for all of this information but I still have questions!
- Let us know at email@example.com.