Library Services


Our collection is an excellent resource for those seeking information on the geology of Nova Scotia. The Library houses Nova Scotia Department of Mines Reports dating from 1862, Geological Survey of Canada Progress Reports and Annual Reports from 1870, many undergraduate and graduate level theses on the Geology of Nova Scotia, a file of miscellaneous articles dating back to the 1860s, as well as a good general and reference geoscience collection. The Library is the repository for all Mineral Exploration Assessment Reports submitted to the Department.

Although the Library began in the 1960s as the Library for the Nova Scotia Department of Mines, after merging with the Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests in 1992 the collection grew to include an extensive collection of books and journals on forestry, wildlife, entomology, parks, land use, resource management, and related topics. Of particular interest are Crown Land Grant Index Sheets, showing Crown Land Grants from the 1700s, and the A.F. Church county maps from the 1860s-1880s. We also provide access to Crown land grants and supporting documents.

The Library collection also includes aerial photography of Nova Scotia from the 1930s to the present. Current local newspapers and several periodicals are also received.

Reference Service

If you have a question about Natural Resources and Renewables in Nova Scotia, our catalogue, website, or publications, please contact us by phone, fax or email. Reference services are available to staff and to the public free of charge.

Interlibrary Loans

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables Library provides Interlibrary Loan service to libraries only. Individuals are asked to request loans or photocopies through their public/school/workplace library.

Access for Libraries

Our ILL symbol is NSHDOM. Please send your requests by email to

We do not charge for Interlibrary Loans.

Material not available for loan:

Please note that we will not lend:
Reference Materials
Special Collections and Rare Books


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