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Library accounts for VIU students and employees

Photo ID cards

Nanaimo Campus: get your Photo ID at the Library Service Desk located in Bldg. 305, main floor.
Cowichan Campus: get your Photo ID at Registration Services, on the first floor, during Registration hours.
Powell River Campus: get your Photo ID at the Front Office (check with Front Office staff for current Photo ID hours: 604.485.2878).

Activate your library card

Bring your ID card to the Library Service Desk or apply online using the Library Account and PIN Application form.

Cowichan and Powell River Campuses

To obtain ID cards and activate Library accounts at the Cowichan and Powell River campuses, please ask at the Campus Library's Service Desk.

Please note

  • Your Photo ID card must be presented each time materials are borrowed
  • Your Library PIN (Personal Identification Number) is essential for all online Library services.
  • Once activated, your library account is renewed automatically with each student enrollment or employee contract.
  • Students may change personal address information using the Registration / Student Records secure webpage.


Email or phone:

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