VIU Cowichan Campus Interior

Campus Services

Campus Store

The Cowichan Campus Store, which is open to the public, is located near the main entrance. The store carries text books required for courses offered at the Campus, as well as school supplies, gifts, clothing, and a wide-range of art supplies.

Bookstore hours are Monday to Friday, 9 am – 4 pm.  For more information on the services available, please call 250-746-3516.

Computers for Student Use

The Info Commons has computers available for currently enroled students to use during regular campus hours.

Please read the Statement of Appropriate Use of Information Technology, available on Vancouver Island University’s Policies and Procedures website.

Please note: No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs, and software piracy will not be tolerated.

Emergency Phone System

The Campus is outfitted with an elevator phone and exterior blue emergency call boxes that connect directly to emergency services at the push of a button. Police, fire department, first aid, or ambulance services will be dispatched immediately, as deemed appropriate by the security company. You are strongly urged to familiarize yourself with the location and usage of the emergency call boxes near the West and South entrances of the building.

First Aid

In the event of a medical emergency, a qualified first aid attendant is available. For first aid on Campus, please alert a staff member or call Local 6600 from any Campus phone.

Food Services

A variety of foods are available at the Cowichan Campus Cafeteria. You can get sandwiches, coffee, soups, muffins, salads, and lunch-time specials.  If you have special dietary or catering needs, please discuss these with the Cafeteria staff who will do their best to accommodate you. A microwave is located in the Cafeteria and vending machines are in the room right near the Cafe entrance.


The Library at the Cowichan Campus houses a growing collection of 9,000 volumes. The Library also provides access for students, faculty, and the general public to the 160,000 volumes, 5,300 audio-visual items, and 1,400 periodical titles housed in the Library at the Nanaimo campus. An online computer catalogue, a variety of online periodical indexes, and a daily delivery system between Nanaimo and Duncan provide convenient access to all the resources of the Library at Vancouver Island University.

Residents of the Cowichan region, who are not students, are eligible to apply for a Vancouver Island University library card for an annual fee of $25. For those interested in local history, the Cowichan Leader is available for browsing on microfilm. Library hours of operation:

  • September – April: Study Hall: Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 9 am; Full Service: Mon. to Thurs., 9 am – 9 pm; Fri., 9 am – 4 pm.
  • May – June: Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 4 pm.

The Library is closed in July and August, as well as on statutory holidays; variation in hours will be posted.

Lost and Found

Items are turned in to the Welcome Centre. Food and beverage containers can only be held for 24 hours all other items are kept for up to two months and are then given to the Vancouver Island University Students’ Union.

Photocopy Machines

A photocopy machine is available for student use in the Library on Campus. Please inquire at the Library for current copy charges.