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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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.

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