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Library Accounts

COVID-19 Update 

The library building at Nanaimo campus is currently accessible to members of the VIU community only (students and employees) with a VIU ID card. Community borrowers can call the service desk at 250-740-6330 Monday through Friday between 9am and 2pm to be let into the building.

Community Borrowers, Alumni and Retirees

Logging in to your account for the first time 

The first time you log in to your library account, you need to reset your password. Enter your library card number in the barcode field and enter the email address associated with your account in the email address field. You will then receive an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

Community borrowers

Members of the community are entitled to a community borrowers' card. Present identification at the library service desk with your current address to receive a free card. To renew, present your current card and update your contact information yearly. Community borrower privileges do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Privileges do not include interlibrary or equipment loans.

Alumni

VIU alumni can access library services by registering for a Community Borrower card. Click here more information about the full range of alumni benefits.

VIU retirees

VIU Retirees may continue to use their VIU ID cards and have the same library access and privileges as employees (including off-campus access to licensed resources), with the exception of interlibrary and equipment loans. No renewal is necessary.

In-person borrowing privileges for students, staff, and faculty from other universities

The Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA) extends in-person borrowing privileges to students, staff and faculty from participating university libraries. At the library service desk, present your COPPUL, CREPUQ, ASIN, or IUBP card from a qualifying post-secondary institution and receive a free Community Borrower card. The first time you log in to your library account, you will need to change your password here. CURBA privileges do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Privileges do not include interlibrary or equipment loans.

Lost or stolen cards

Report loss of your card and address changes to service desk staff.  A $2.00 fee is charged to replace a lost or stolen card.

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