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 and the Department of Energy and Mines. 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.

Please contact us at or 902 424 8633 if you have any questions.

We are open 8.30-4pm Monday to Friday, excluding holidays. No appointment necessary.

Wireless internet access

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

Food and Drink

Food and drink are allowed in the reading area.


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