Fisheries and Oceans Canada Library
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).
Many departmental publications are available digitally and can be found by searching the FSL catalogue. Visit the DFO Publications page to find links to various DFO scientific report series and Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat report series. Please contact the DFO Library to request a pdf copy of a publication not yet available digitally.
Search this citation database to retrieve published works written prior to 2013 by DFO science staff from three research institutes.
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.
The public may request documents as an interlibrary loan through their local library. The DFO Library does not lend directly to individuals.
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)
Bedford Institute of Oceanography Dartmouth (NS)
Canadian Coast Guard College Sydney (NS)
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.
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)