Community members and visitors

Writer David Day holds a library community card
Victoria-born internationally best-selling author David Day holds his new community card

Library services

As a visitor to the library, you are welcome to use our collections and resources. Material in the general collection is available for in-library use. If you would like to borrow materials, you can obtain a library card from the main loan desk. You will need to present a piece of government-issued photo ID. More details can be found on our Community borrowers page. Should you have any questions or issues with your card, please contact the Main Loan Desk at or 250-721-8230.

While visiting the library, you can use our kiosk computers to get access to the library website, catalogue and other library resources. You will have to ask at the loan desk for a guest Netlink ID to get access to resources outside of the library website.

Access to library resources from off-campus is limited to searching the library catalogue as licensing restrictions prevent us from making journal databases available to you. Check your local public library to discover available online resources.

There is a small charge to receive materials from other non-UVic libraries. Contact or phone 250-721-6488 for more information.

Benefits of a UVic Libraries Community Card

  • It's FREE!
  • Borrowing privileges for books (25 items max for 28-day loan)
  • Borrowing privileges for records/CDs (5 items max for 14-day loan)
  • On-site access to the Libraries' digital collections via a guest Netlink ID on request
  • Interlibrary Loan access (a fee-for-service to receive materials from other academic libraries)
  • Opportunities to view rotating exhibits from our special collections and university art collections
  • Knowledgeable subject librarians and staff to help you.

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Facts and figures about the library.

Library events

UVic Libraries holds a number of free seminars, exhibits and events to promote our rich collections. See the Libraries Spotlight for more information on upcoming events.

Campus information

What do I do if I lose my community card?

If you lose your UVic Libraries card, you must let the loan desk know as soon as possible to protect against unauthorized use. Contact us at 250-721-8230 or loandesk@uvic.ca.
There is a charge of $10.00 for a replacement card.

 

Do I have to live in Victoria to get a UVic Libraries community card?

No, community cards are not restricted to those persons residing in Victoria.
Valid government-issued ID must be presented in order to obtain a UVic Libraries card.

 

 

What is the cost for community borrowers to borrow books from the UVic collection?

There is no cost for community borrowers to take books out of the library. You can obtain a community borrowing card from the main loan desk, and can have a maximum of 25 books out at any given time.

What if I am a community borrower who lives outside of the Greater Victoria area?


If you live outside of the Greater Victoria area, you can still borrow books for free from the library collections, but there will be a $10 delivery fee per  book package.
For further information about services for community members who reside outside of Victoria, please see Distance Learning and Research

 

I am UVic Alumni. Do I need to get a library community card?


Members of the UVic Alumni Association are eligible for the UVic Alumni OneCard.

Check out UVic OneCard for more details.


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