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
Members of the Greater Victoria community who acquire a community card through UVic Libaries can freely access and use Library resources (including on-site digital collections, print collections, and public computer terminals). See FAQ below 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 28-day loan)
  • On-site access to the Libraries' digital collections with a guest Netlink ID
  • 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.

Should you have any questions or issues with your card, please contact the  or 250-721-8230.

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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.

Please join our bi-monthly newsletter to receive updates throughout the year regarding our special events, celebrations, fundraising efforts, and library developments.

Campus information


Please note that we are unable to process online fine payments for Community Borrowers. Any payments must be settled at the Ask Us Desk.

What do I do if I lose my community card?

If you lose your community card, you must let the Ask Us Desk know as soon as possible to protect against unauthorized use. Contact us at 250-721-8230 or


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 your community 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 card from the Ask Us Desk, and can have a maximum of 25 items 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.