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Welcome to VIU Library's Special Collections

The Special Collection’s mission is to identify, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to material which supports the educational, scholarly, and research needs of the VIU community.   (For more information, see the Special Collections Guidelines page.)

Visiting Special Collections

Location: Library's Main (3rd) Floor, Nanaimo Campus


Appointments can be made:

Monday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


To book an appointment to research Special Collections Material, please complete the Research Request Form, located above (on the blue bar).


For general queries, please contact
the Special Collections Coordinator:

Andie Tomlinson
250.753.3245  ex 2268


If the coordinator is not available, please contact the University Librarian:

Ben Hyman,

Special Collections Location

Special Collections Location

The entrance to the Special Collections is located on the main (3rd) floor of the VIU Library just past the Service Desk.

Rotary Centennial Room

 Rotary Centennial Room #1

The Rotary Centennial Room, otherwise known as the Reading Room, is where researchers study and use Special Collections materials. 

William C. Wonders Collection

William C. Wonders Collection #1

The William C. Wonders Collection refers to the 'vault' where the books and other materials are stored for both Special Collections and  Archives.   This is an example of compact storage with moving shelves.