The Devonian Library supports education and research at BMSC.

Its primary focus is on marine biology, oceanography, fisheries, and other aquatic sciences, as well as the history, biodiversity and archaeology of Barkley Sound.

The library is a member of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Library and Information Centers, IAMSLIC.

We are always open. Reference help is available during business hours (8:30 – 4:30, Mon – Fri) and after hours by appointment.

How to find things:

BMSC Publications

BMSC has an impressive publication record dating back to the 1970’s.

Our publications list includes peer reviewed articles, books, book chapters, and theses where BMSC contributed materially to its completion.

Search for BMSC publications by publication date, author, type of publication, and species here.

BMSC online catalogue

Use the BMSC online catalogue to search for:

  • books
  • reprints (printed copies of journal articles)
  • journals
  • government publications
  • student reports

Journal articles & online journals.

Use on-line services through your university library to search for journal articles and to access online journals.

Most reprints, journals and government publications held at BMSC are not on-line. If you can’t find a digital copy, check the BMSC catalogue – there is a good chance we have it in our collection.

We can provide guest access to the University of Victoria library: ask the Librarian to set you up.

CLICK HERE for tips on searching the vast universe of PubMed.

Maps, charts & aerial photos

Maps, charts and aerial photos are not catalogued.

Search the map cabinet in the library or ask the Librarian for help.


Other Online Resources

Fisheries and Oceans Canada catalogue of DFO libraries and repositories of DFO publications.

NOAA Central Library:
National Centres for Environmental Information publication information

Pacific Northwest Sculpins 3.0 by Gregory C. Jensen
A guide to identifying the common sculpins of Washington and British Columbia. Click on the red irish lord  to download the 42 mb pdf.  Put it on your iPod or phone and take it everywhere!

University of Alberta, Zoology 250, Survey of the Invertebrates course content

Ocean Networks Canada: Folger Pinnacle Reef Cam

Ocean Networks Canada: Data Portal

Interlibrary Loans:

Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Books, theses, government publications and journal articles can be requested from other libraries. This is a free service available to BMSC staff, students and researchers. Scanned copies of journal articles usually arrive within 24 hours. Books take a few days to a week or more to arrive by mail.

Please fill in as much information as possible. You need to fill in the full title of the book/journal and the full title for the article. Incomplete requests will be ignored.

BookJournal Article

Interlibrary loans FAQ