Our libraries

DFO LibraryThe Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Library collection is held at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography (BIO) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and at the Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) in Sidney, British Columbia. They are home to Canada's foremost collection in marine and freshwater science and collect books, journals, and government documents which support the subject disciplines pertinent to the Department's mandate. The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) College Library houses a comprehensive collection in nautical sciences to support courses taught at the College.

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WAVES is the DFO Library's online catalogue and is the main access point to over 400,000 books, journals, and government documents. It is a comprehensive resource of DFO publications with links to over 34,000 DFO items in digital format. Many publications and resources are available in full text at the click of a mouse.

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Members of the public are welcome to use library resources on-site, to photocopy or scan material, and to consult with a librarian in person, by email or telephone. An appointment is recommended. The Library does not loan directly to individuals; the general public must arrange for loans through their municipal libraries or another library of which they are a member.

Other libraries may borrow material on interlibrary loan from the Bedford Institute of Oceanography Library and the Institute of Ocean Sciences Library.