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Equipment for Loan

Laptop loans are changing

Laptops are available to loan to VIU students only. 

The IT Service Desk (M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm) 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 loans.

Most of the laptops available are for short-term loan, but a limited number are loanable for a semester at a time. Students and employees also have access to desktop computers at the Nanaimo, Cowichan, and tiwšɛmawtxw campuses. Visit this link for a full list of the computer labs at VIU.

Short-term loan Semester loan
Loan period of up to 3 days. No renewals. Loan period of up to 4 months (based on enrolment).
First-come, first-served at the Library Service Desk (subject to availability) Submit waitlist request up to 1 semester prior
Overdue fines are $10/day. Replacement fine and student record flag apply to long-overdue laptops. Return date scheduled individually. Replacement fine and student record flag apply to long-overdue laptops.
Includes laptop, charger, network cable, mouse, bag. Includes laptop, charger, mouse, bag.
Files are deleted every time the computer shuts down. Files are retained on the computer hard drive.
No computer administrator privileges (applications can sometimes be installed). Computer administrator privileges (applications can be installed).

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.

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.

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