Where should I include a script for a view component?

From what I have seen, a "@section Scripts {}" in a ViewComponent is ignored and does not render in the relevant @RenderSection() of the ViewComponents _*layout.cshtml

Why that is I do not know.

I also had problems with sections tag in viewcomponents. Turns out, to the best of my knowledge, there is no support for it in viewcomponents. See https://github.com/aspnet/Home/issues/2037

Jake Shakesworth has implemented a tag helper as shown in: Javascript in a View Component

On the other hand you could just include it in your viewcomponent as an

<script defer src"...">

My requirement was to show a google map from a viewcomponent. Problem was that the script was getting called before the jquery, jquery.ui stuff.
By using defer you are telling the parser not to execute it until the document had loaded thus avoiding the problem of the having to put it in the layout for proper execution. Defer is supported by chrome, safari, and ie(10+), ff(3.6+), o(15+)

Hope this helps

This is an example of my code:

@using MobileVet.WebApp.Services;
@inject ISettingsService SettingsService
     var Options = SettingsService.Value();

    <!--Service Area-->
    <div class="container-fluid">
         <div class="row p-3">
            <!--First column-->
            <div class="col-md-3">
                <h5 class="title">Site Navigation</h5>
                    <li><a href="#!">Home</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#!">Services</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#!">Link 3</a></li>
                    <li><a href="#!">Link 4</a></li>

            <!--/.First column-->
            <hr class="w-100 clearfix d-md-none">

            <!--Second column-->
            <div class="col-md-9">

                <div id="map-canvas" style="min-height: 300px; min-width: 200px;"> 
            <!--/.Second column-->

    <!--Service Area-->

<script src="http://maps.google.com/maps/api/js?key=XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX&sensor=false"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="~/js/components/servicearea.js" defer ></script>


Note that you would probably need to write some logic to prevent the script to be included multiple times if the view component is present more than once on a page, which was not my case

@section scripts { } in viewcomponents is ignored and not rendered by Asp.Net rendering engine. So just use at the end of the view component. Also if your jquery scripts are at specified at the end in your layout, then jquery will not be available in your viewcomponents. Of course moving the jquery script to the head section in layout will solve the problem but it is recommended to load the js files at the end.

So if you want to keep jquery scripts at the end of layout and still use jquery in viewcomponents, you could use javascript domcontentloaded and any jquery can be written inside domcontentloaded. Not a permanent good approach but works for me.

    document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', function (event) {
        console.log($ === jQuery)

Or as mentioned by @Alberto L. Bonfiglio you could also try to move your script to another JS file and defer load it in your viewcomponent:

<script src="viewComponentScript.js" defer></script>