Fisheries and Oceans Canada Library

From Fisheries and Oceans Canada

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Library provides information, tools and services that support the management of Canada’s fisheries and the safety of our waterways. You can download, request or borrow items from the library’s collection of publications in marine, freshwater and nautical sciences.

The DFO Library is a member of the Federal Science Library (FSL), a partnership of seven federal science libraries that have joined together to establish a portal where you can search the print collections and repositories of all the libraries from a single place.

Search the Federal Science Library

Search the entire Federal Science Library or limit your search to the DFO collection (formerly known as WAVES).

Our services

Departmental publications

Many departmental publications are available digitally and can be found by searching the FSL catalogue. Please contact the DFO Library to request a pdf copy of a publication not yet available digitally.

DFO staff publications bibliography

Search this citation database to retrieve published works written prior to 2013 by DFO science staff from three research institutes.

Research services

The public is welcome to use library resources onsite by appointment. You may photocopy or scan material and consult with a librarian in person, by email or telephone.

Lending services

The public may request documents as an interlibrary loan through their local library. The DFO Library does not lend directly to individuals.

Onsite services

The 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. The collection at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, supports courses taught at the College.

Locations and hours of operation

The public is welcome to use the DFO Library resources onsite by appointment.

Institute of Ocean Sciences
Sidney (BC)

Contact Information

9860 West Saanich Road
P.O. Box 6000
Sidney, BC V8L 4B2

Telephone: 250-363-8197

Online: Submit a question or message to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Library.

Service hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PT)

Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Dartmouth (NS)

Contact Information

1 Challenger Drive
P.O. Box 1006
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2

Telephone: 902-426-3683

Online: Submit a question or message to the Fisheries and Oceans Canada Library.

Service hours

Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm (AT)

Canadian Coast Guard College
Sydney (NS)

Contact Information

1190 Westmount Road
Sydney, NS B1R 2J6

Telephone: 902-564-3660 ext. 1128

Online: Submit a question or message to the Canadian Coast Guard College Library.

Service hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:00 a.m.to 10:00 p.m.(AT)
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (AT)
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (AT)

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