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Equipment for Loan

Semester loans

A limited number of laptops are available for students to request for semester loan. Requests are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, and a student's Library account must be in good standing in order to qualify. Students may request semester loan laptops for up to 4 months at a time (the timing does not have to align with VIU's standard academic semester dates).

Submitting a request does not guarantee a semester loan laptop will become available. Students should make alternate arrangements for computer use during the requested time frame.

If you have already submitted a request: You have been added to the waitlist, and a Library employee will contact you if a laptop becomes available. Please do not submit another request for the same time frame. If you need a computer sooner, we recommend using one of the computers in the Library Commons or borrowing a short-term loan laptop.

Terms and Conditions for laptop loans

By borrowing a computer from the VIU Library, you acknowledge that you are responsible for its safe and proper use. You accept the following terms of the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Library equipment loans program:

  • Laptop loans are limited to current VIU students.
  • Valid photo ID is required to check out a laptop.
  • Laptops must be returned in-person, during open hours, to a Library employee at the VIU Library Service Desk. Laptops on semester loan must be returned by appointment.
  • Laptops must be returned in the same condition they were received in, along with all included cables, accessories, and cases.
  • Laptops on semester loan must be returned unlocked and unencrypted.
  • Late laptop returns are subject to fines of $10 per day overdue.
  • Incomplete and late equipment returns will result in restriction of access to VIU Library resources.
  • Borrowers with laptops 4 weeks overdue will have a flag applied to their student record which prevents access to course registration and to official transcripts. This flag will be removed when the laptop is returned and/or when the applicable fines are paid.
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