The DFO library at Nanaimo's Pacific Biological Station, which is more than 100 years old, closed its doors for the last time on Monday.
It's one of seven DFO libraries across Canada that are closing this fall as part of ongoing budget cuts by the federal government.
William Bennett, a fisheries researcher at PBS, said the library material at PBS has been transferred to the Institute of Ocean Sciences in Victoria.
Researchers will now be expected to gather much of their information online with the closure.
But he said he fears that much of the material, which largely covers research into shellfish and finfish at the facility for more than a century, will be lost or become inaccessible as a result of the transfer, which has also seen the loss of the librarian position at PBS.
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