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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. The materials will be sent to your mailing address on file with VIU.

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 bookdrop 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, print journals, magazines, CDs, DVDs, 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 1-day, 3-day, or 7-day loan periods
  • No renewals
  • Borrowing limit is 3 at a time
  • Overdue fines: $2.00 per item per day


Overdue materials

Library 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. If long overdue items are returned, replacement costs may be waived, and borrowing and online access privileges may be restored.

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