Photo ID and Printing @ VIU Library

At the beginning of the school year, you should make your way to the VIU Library. The Library is in Building 305 on the Nanaimo campus. It’s one of the central buildings on campus, near the central quad and the cafeteria building.

On Cowichan campus, the library service desk is located on the first floor of the main campus building. At the Powell River campus, staff in the Front Office can assist with Photo IDs.

View the hours of the Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River libraries!

Student Photo ID Card

Your VIU student ID card is used to enter various buildings on campus, to access meal plans and dining dollars, and to borrow materials from the library. For a complete list of services, please see: Card Services.


The Library is also a place where you can print out your work and get photocopying done.

  • Black and white printing, as well as photocopying = $0.10 per page (available at all VIU computer labs)
  • Colour printing, done at the Library = $0.50 per page

To help you manage your printing and copying, VIU has an online system called Payprint. Your Payprint account will be automatically set up when you get your student card. You can set up your photocopy PIN and add money to your Payprint account with credit, debit, or cash at the Library Service Desk. Or, you can set up your photocopying PIN online and add money to your account with your credit card at the VIU Technology website.