Information Services

The Collection

The Department of Natural Resources Library has an extensive collection focused on the geology of Nova Scotia. Much of this collection is unique. Some of our rare items are Nova Scotia Department of Mines Annual Reports from 1860, Geological Survey of Canada Annual Reports from 1872, and aerial photography of Nova Scotia from about 1931. We also have a collection of books and journals. We continually add to our collection.

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We are also the home of all Geoscience and Mines Branch publications, maps, and Assessment Reports from 1862 to the present. New releases are available for consultation. All publications, maps and reports are sold from the Library. We do not sell topographic maps or aerial photography, but they are available for viewing.

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The Library has a photocopier, an engineering copier for maps and plans, microfiche reader/printers, public access computers, and wireless internet access. Please see staff for a password to access the internet.


The NR&R Library is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm. Staff are available to help you use the Library throughout the day by phone, email or in person. Only staff may take items from the Library, but the public may borrow by requesting an interlibrary loan from their own library (public, academic, etc.)


Most Geoscience and Mines Branch databases are currently available on our website. Many products are available for download. If you have questions about searching our databases or about downloading documents, please don't hesitate to contact us at 902 424 8633 or

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