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Special Collections & Archives: About


Welcome to VIU Library Special Collections

The mission of VIU Library Special Collections is to identify, collect, organize, preserve, and provide access to rare and/or archival materials that support the educational, scholarly, and research needs of the VIU community. 

(For more information, see our Guidelines page.)

Due to the rare, valuable, and unique nature of this material, Special Collections is non-circulating and held in closed stacks. Research is conducted in the Reading Room, by appointment.

Contact Us

To book a research appointment, or to contact us with queries related to reading room tours or class visits, please get in touch with:


Andie Tomlinson, Librarian, Coordinator for Special Collections & Digital Integrations

250.753.3245 ext 2268


If the Coordinator is unavailable, please contact:

Ben Hyman, University Librarian

Visit Us


VIU Library, Nanaimo Campus, Building 305, Rm 303A



Monday - Friday. 9:00am - 4:00pm

All appointments should be made in advance with the Special Collections Librarian.