Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Library Accounts

COVID-19 Update 

Accessing print materials in person

Our print collections at Cowichan, Powell River and Nanaimo campuses are accessible for in-person browsing during library hours.

Receiving print materials by mail

To access print materials from the Cowichan, Powell River or Nanaimo campus by mail, place a hold through our catalogue. Then, select "VIU Library - Mail Delivery" as your pickup method when placing your hold. 

Returning print materials

Nanaimo: The interior bookdrop is located by the washrooms near the entrance of building 305 on the left-hand side. The exterior bookrop is located across from Starbucks.

Cowichan: The interior bookdrop is located at at the Cowichan service desk. The external bookdrop is located at the west entrance to the campus.

Powell River: Materials can be returned at the reception desk.

By mail: Use the pre-paid postage provided to return your items if you had your materials mailed to you. 

Physical Collections and Loan Periods

Books, CDs, Videos & Government Publications

  • Students: loan period is 4 weeks and may be renewed up to 3 times.
  • Employees: loan period is 6 weeks and may be renewed up to 4 times.
  • Community borrowers (including alumni): loan period is 4 weeks and may be renewed 1 time.
  • Print materials are renewed automatically, unless another library patron requests it.
  • Overdue fines for community borrowers (including alumni): $0.50 per item per day.

Course reserves 

  • Loan periods vary: Reserves may have 2-hour, 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan periods.
  • No renewals.
  • Borrowing limit is 3 at a time.
  • Overdue fines for all borrowers vary by loan period: 2-hour loans are charged 50 cents per item per hour overdue; 1-day, 3-day and 7-day loans are charged $2.00 per item per day overdue.

Overdue Materials

Borrowing and online access privileges may be suspended when items are long overdue.  Borrowers are expected to pay the replacement cost of lost or damaged items. Replacement costs include the cost of the item plus a non-refundable processing charge of $25.

VIU Footer