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Planning 10: Career Planning: Get Started: Library Basics

This is a library guide for students in the Planning 10 course at The High School at VIU.

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Student Computer Account

Why: You'll need your Student Computer Account to log on to campus computers and the VIU wireless network, VIU-Secure, and also for printing to VIU printers.  Plus, you get 200MB worth of VIU network storage space with your account!  

Where: Create your account online.  Staff in the Library or at the IT HelpDesk are available to help you.

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

More information:  Student Guide to Getting Started with VIU Technology

Photo ID

Why: Your VIU Photo ID is essential to accessing services at VIU!  These include borrowing library books, videos, CDs and equipment; using the gym; using the Dining Dollars program in the cafeteria; and writing exams.

Where: Library Service Desk, Building 305 on the main floor.

When: During Library hours, up to 30 minutes before closing.

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.

More information: VIU Student ID Cards


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, Building 305 Main Floor.

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.

More information:  Library accounts for VIU students and employees

Apply for Your Library PIN Online

You need a Library PIN to:

  • access e-books available through the VIU Library
  • access online articles available through the VIU Library
  • request books from the VIU Library
  • request materials from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan
  • View your Library record online

Note that you will not receive your PIN instantly.  You will receive a confirmation within 24 hours.