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Equipment for Loan

Board Game Loans

Betrayal at House on the Hill
7 Wonders

VIU Library's Nanaimo campus has a selection of board and card games available for loan.

Tool Library

Hand saw
Small nut ratchet
D clamps
Needle nose pliers

VIU Library's Nanaimo campus has more than 25 hand tools available for loan.

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.

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, tools, board games, and a selection of cables and adapters.

Please note that laptops and tablets are available to loan to VIU students only. Employees should contact the IT Service Desk (M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm) with all laptop loan requests.

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     Desktop projector     Webcam kit      Yeti X USB microphone

Borrowing and Returning Equipment

Use our self-serve equipment booking tool to reserve equipment at either the Nanaimo or Cowichan campus, up to 7 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 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
  • Cables/adapters

Laptop Loans

Laptops and tablets are available to loan to VIU students only. Visit the Laptop Loans page for more information.

The IT Service Desk provides laptop loans to employees for a variety of purposes and is often able to provide loans on short-notice. Employees should contact IT to arrange all laptop loans. 

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.

Terms and Conditions

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

  • Equipment loans are limited to current VIU students, employees, and retirees.
  • A VIU ID card is required to check out equipment.
  • Equipment not picked up within 1 hour of its reservation time may be cancelled at the discretion of Library employees.
  • Equipment must be returned in the same condition it was received in, along with all included cables, accessories, and cases. Borrowers agree to pay full repair or replacement charges for damages/loss incurred to the equipment while it is in their care.
  • Equipment must be returned by the due date. Incomplete and late equipment returns may result in restriction of access to VIU Library resources.
  • Equipment must be returned in-person by the borrower, during open hours, to a Library employee at the VIU Library Service Desk.

VIU Technology Policy

VIU students should understand how to use university technology safely and appropriately. Please read the below Use of Information Technology policy before using campus technology including computers and campus wireless access.

Contact Information

Need help?

T: 250-740-6330                                           


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