The Natural Sciences Library

The Natural Sciences Library houses a collection of materials such as books, journals, maps, aerial photographs, Crown land grants, and others. We collect and maintain a collection of resources that supports the work of the Department of Natural Resources and Renewables. Our resources include information on geoscience, mining, land use, forestry, wildlife, Crown land, and related topics.

We serve Department of Natural Resources and Renewables staff, provincial and federal government personnel, mining and forestry industries, prospectors, scientists, consultants, educators, students and the general public.

Using the Library

The Library is open to the public from 8.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. For holiday hours, contact us at or 902-424-8633.

The Reference Desk is staffed throughout the day.

Members of the public are welcome to use the library collection and facilities including public access computers, photocopier/scanner, and wireless internet access. Members of the public may not borrow items from the Library.

Please contact us at or 902-424-8633 if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to visit the library.

Wireless internet access

Wireless internet access is available, please ask staff for the password.


We provide reference services and interlibrary loans for free. There are charges of $0.10 per page for printing and photocopying. A scanner may be used, subject to copyright regulations.

The Library distributes and/or sells Departmental publications. Prices vary, please contact us for more information.

Publications and Maps - Ordering Information.

We require prepayment on all shipped orders. Cheques and money orders must be in Canadian dollars. Cheques should be made payable to the Minister of Finance. Visitors may pay with cash or cheque, orders which are shipped may be paid by Visa or Mastercard. We cannot accept direct debit.


5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be added on all text documents (e.g. books, reports, open file reports, papers, pamphlets, etc.) and 15% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) on all maps, and shipping and handling costs.


Shipping charges are as follows:
Total Cost of Order:
Under $5.00 - $1.75
$5- 25 - $3.50
$25-75 - $5.40
$75-200 - $10.50
$200+ - 5% of total