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Getting Started @ VIU Library: Checklist for New Students: Photo ID & Accounts: Powell River

Photo ID

Why: Your VIU Photo ID is useful for accessing services at VIU!  These include borrowing library books, videos, CDs and equipment.

Where: At the Front Office.

When: Check with Front Office staff for current Photo ID hours: (604) 485-2878.

Please note: You will need to bring 1 piece of picture ID (or 2 pieces of ID with no picture) along with your registration receipt or Student Number.

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Student Computer Account

Why: you'll need your computer account to log on to campus computers and the VIU wireless network, VIU-Secure.  Plus, you get 200MB worth of VIU network storage space with your account!  

Where: Create your account online.  Staff in the Library/Bookstore are available to help you.

Please note: Don't lose your work - practice good file management and always save to U:!

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Library Account

Why: You'll use your library account to access millions of online articles, ebooks and online videos, and to borrow books, DVDs, CDs and equipment.

Where: Apply online or activate your library account in person at the Library Service Desk.

When: Online and in-person account activations are processed any time during Library hours.

Please note: You'll need your VIU Photo ID and/or Student Number to activate your library account and get your Library PIN number.

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Printing & Photocopying Account

Where: Printing is available in the campus computer labs and in the Library/Bookstore, for academic purposes only.  Photocopying is available in the Library/Bookstore, at the rate of 10 cents a page.  Please pay at the Service Desk. 

When: Library/Bookstore staff can help you with printing in the Library/Bookstore, during Library/Bookstore hours.

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