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Library accounts for community borrowers, alumni, and others

Community borrowers

For a Library card and PIN, go to your Library Service Desk.  Present identification with a current address to receive a free Community Borrower's card good for one year. To renew, present your current card and update your contact information yearly. Community borrower privileges do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Privileges do not include Interlibrary or Equipment loans.

Alumni

Apply at the Advancement and Alumni Relations Office for an Alumni Privilege card and bring it to your Library Service Desk to activate it as a Library card and enter a PIN.  Alumni privileges do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Privileges do not include Interlibrary or Equipment Loans. For more information see:  http://www.viu.ca/alumni/benefits.htm

VIU retirees

VIU Retirees may continue to use their VIU ID cards and have the same Library access and privileges as employees (including off-campus access to licensed resources), with the exception of Interlibrary and Equipment Loans. No renewal is necessary.

CURBA cards for in-person borrowing at other libraries

At your Library Service Desk, present your COPPUL, CREPUQ, ASIN, or IUBP card from a qualifying post-secondary institution and receive a free annual Community library card and PIN.  To renew, present your library card along with an updated COPPUL, CREPUQ, ASIN, or IUBP card. CURBA privileges do not include off-campus access to most licensed resources, but most are accessible on-campus. Privileges do not include Interlibrary or Equipment Loans.

Please remember

  • Your VIU Library card must be presented each time materials are borrowed.
  • Your Library PIN (Personal Identification Number) is essential for all online Library services.
  • Report loss of your card and address changes to Service Desk staff.  A $2.00 fee is charged to replace a lost or stolen card.

Questions?

Email library@viu.ca or phone:

Nanaimo & Powell River Campuses: 250.740.6330 / 1.888.920.2221 ext 6330
Cowichan Campus: 250.746.3517

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