Vancouver Island University Library’s Special Collections provide access to materials that support the educational, research, and scholarly needs of the VIU community, by means of:
For more information, see our Guidelines page.
Due to the rare, valuable, and unique nature of this material, Special Collections is non-circulating and held in closed stacks. Research is conducted in the Reading Room, by appointment.
VIU Library Special Collections are accessible to members of the VIU community, visiting researchers, and members of the general public. Access to some material may be limited due to factors such as fragile physical condition, state of processing, privacy concerns, or cultural considerations.
Researchers wishing to access Special Collections are asked to make an appointment by contacting the Library service desk or by completing the Instruction and Access Request form.
Class or group visits must be arranged in advance. Instructors are asked to complete the Instruction and Access Request form.
Responsive procedures and protocols for access by Indigenous community members to Indigenous Knowledges held in Special Collections are coordinated with the Librarian & Coordinator, Indigenous Initiatives: Patricia.Geddes@viu.ca.
Special Collections materials may be accessed by appointment. To book an appointment, please complete and submit a Special Collections Instruction & Access Request.
Prior to visiting the Reading Room, we ask all patrons to read through the following procedures to ensure safe and respectful access:
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