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Equipment for Loan

Our Services

A variety of equipment is available for loan to VIU students and employees through the VIU Library. The equipment collection includes laptops, computer accessories, photography equipment, audio and video recording equipment, presentation equipment, and a selection of cords and adapters.

VIU Library's Nanaimo campus also has a board game collection. Board games are available for loan through the same equipment booking tool.

Students and employees can loan most equipment for up to 7 days at a time.

Dell Latitude 5400 laptop     Canon EOS Rebel SL3 DSLR camera     Data Projector     Headset with microphone      Snowball USB microphone

Borrowing and Returning Equipment

Use our self-serve equipment booking pages to reserve equipment at either the Nanaimo or Cowichan campus, up to 45 days in advance.

Equipment must be picked up from and returned to an employee, in-person, at the Library Service Desk during open hours.

Short-term Loans

Some common equipment is available at the Library Service Desk for 2-, 4-, or 24-hour loan. These materials cannot be pre-booked and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. This equipment includes:

  • Whiteboard marker kits
  • Over-ear headphones
  • Headsets with a microphone
  • Calculators
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Extension cords

Long-term Loans

A small number of laptops are available for loan at the Nanaimo campus for up to 120 days. Long-term laptop loans are available to current VIU students only, on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can be booked from this page.

Locker Rentals

Lockers are available for short-term rental in the Nanaimo campus Library Commons. These lockers are available to book for up to 7 days using the same equipment booking tool.

The VIU Campus Store coordinates longer-term locker rentals.

Tool Library

A selection of hand tools are available for loan at the Nanaimo campus for up to 7 days. Equipment from the Tool Library may be booked and used by VIU students and employees only. Borrowers must sign a waiver each time they check out equipment from the Tool Library.

Terms and Conditions

Submitting a reservation indicates acceptance of our general equipment booking policies:

  • Bookings are limited to current students, faculty and staff of Vancouver Island University.
  • As part of your loan, you agree to pay full repair or replacement charges for damages/loss incurred to the equipment while it is in your care.
  • A VIU ID card is required when picking up equipment.
  • Items returned late may result in restriction of access to Library resources.
  • Equipment not picked up within one hour of reservation time may be cancelled at the discretion of library staff.

Contact Information

Need help?

T: 250-740-6330                                           


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