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VIU Card

About Your VIU Card

As a student, you can use your VIU card to access many services, resources and spaces on our campuses. Use it to:

  • print in campus computer labs or the Library Commons
  • borrow library materials
  • access the gym
  • enter various buildings after hours, including classroom labs and VIU Library at Nanaimo campus
  • access your meal plan in the cafeteria
  • get a bus pass discount

See more details here.

How to Get Your VIU ID Card

  1.  Upload your photo through the Student Record System
  2. You will receive an email notification when your card is ready for pickup. 


  • Facing forward looking straight towards the camera
  • Eyes open and clearly visible
  • No tint or reflection on your glasses
  • No face or head covering, unless worn for religious or medical reasons
  • Head and shoulders only
  • No filters or digitally-enhanced images
  • Photo must be colour
  • A white or blank wall background
  • JPEG images only (.jpg or .jpeg file types)
  • File size is limited to 2 megabytes (MB)
  • Smiling is allowed!

If your photo does not meet the requirements, you will be notified by email and you will need to re-submit your photo.

Once your photo is uploaded, please allow up to two business days for processing. You will receive an email when your card has been printed and is available for pickup.

Please bring one piece of government-issued photo identification to show when you pick up your VIU card. It is not possible to have a friend or family member pick up your card on your behalf.  

Nanaimo Campus

Cards are available for pickup from the Library Service Desk in building 305 during open hours.  

Cowichan Campus

Cards are available for pickup from the library service desk during open hours

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Cards can be picked up from the campus reception desk during open hours. You will be notified when your card is ready for pickup.

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