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Getting Started @ VIU Library: Checklist for New Students

Photo ID

Why: Your VIU Photo ID is essential to accessing services at VIU!  These include borrowing library books, videos, CDs and equipment; and writing exams.

Where: Upload your selfie through the Student Record System.

When: Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Library staff will mail you your card during the library closure due to the pandemic.

More information: VIU Student ID Card


Student Computer Account

Why: You'll need your Student Computer Account to log on to campus computers and the VIU wireless network, VIU-Secure, and also for printing to VIU printers.  Plus, you get 200MB worth of VIU network storage space with your account!  

Where: Create your account online.  Staff in the Library are available to help you.

Please note: Don't lose your work - practice good file management and always save to U:!

More information:  Student Guide to Getting Started with VIU Technology



Library Account

Why: You'll use your library account to access millions of online articles, ebooks and online videos, and to borrow books, DVDs, CDs and equipment.

Where: Create a password for your account here. Please follow these instructions.

When: Online and in-person account activations are processed any time during Library hours.

Please note: You'll need your VIU Photo ID and/or Student Number to activate your library account and get your Library PIN number.

More information:  Library accounts for VIU students and employees

Printing & Photocopying Account

Why: Pay printing and photocopying at VIU costs 10¢ per page for black & white printing and is available in all campus computer labs (115, 125, and 130). Due to the library closure, printing is currently free in the Commons. There is still a charge for photocopying.

Where: You can add money to your Payprint account and set up your photocopying PIN online at using a credit card.

When: Library staff can help you with printing and photocopying. Contact us for assistance.

Please note: Amounts added to your PayPrint account are not refundable.

More information: Student Guide to Getting Started with VIU Technology


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