Purpose of Collection:

The Environmental Science collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Environmental science is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the Faculty of Science. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields including biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography and environmental studies, as well as in social sciences and humanities.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or Geography & Geomatics subject guides.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

Themes/Subject Coverage

Select material of an acceptable academic/scholarly standard in the following areas:

  • Anthropogenic Impacts – mining, urbanizations, river regulation/dams, exploitation, pollution
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Environmental economics or Ecological economics
    • Sustainable development
  • Environmental Education
    • Human Ecology
    • Ecology
    • Conservation
    • Policy, law & regulations
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
    • Pollution (analysis and regulations)
    • Ethical aspects of pollution
  • Environmental Monitoring
    • Environmental conditions and trends and indicators
  • Environment Policy- especially for Canada
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Landscape Ecology
  • Hydrology
  • Restoration, Rehabilitation, Reclamation, Remediation

Selection Guidelines




International, with particular interest in Canada.


English is the primary language of the collection. Works published in other languages are purchased very selectively at the specific request of faculty.

Material type

Collected: books, journals, government documents; with focus on digital.
Collected selectively: dissertations/theses, translations, textbooks, popular material, audiovisual material, conference proceedings

Additional Collection Information

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