If you need a particular journal article for your research, but the VIU Library doesn't have subscription access to the journal (or the journal volume/issue/year) you need, you can request a copy of the article on interlibrary loan - meaning the VIU Library will try to get the article for you from another library. This process is free and usually takes 2-5 days before your article is available for pickup.
You can request interlibrary loans online using a blank request form or after clicking a "Where can I get this item?" link.
Here's an example of a journal article that VIU Library does not have access to, either online or in print:
As you can see above, there are neither links to online full text nor information about the journal being available in print in the VIU Library collection. However, there is a link to Get it for me from another library.
Click this link to complete and submit your online request (you will need your student/employee number and library PIN.)
Interlibrary Loan Walk-Through: