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Winnipeg scientists raid closing fisheries library

Scientists scavenged through a soon-to-be closed federal science library in Winnipeg this week, searching for useful documents destined for the scrap heap, reports the Winnipeg Free Press.

The library at the Freshwater Institute is one of seven due to be closed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Most of its materials had already been sent to the department’s library in Sidney, British Columbia, but when they heard the rest could be trashed, scientists from North/South Consultants, a company that does environmental impact assessments, rushed to the facility to rescue useful documents.

"There’s a treasure trove of stuff there," Don MacDonell, one of the principals of North/South, told the newspaper. "In our field, aquatics, the library was quite valuable. It serviced the whole central and Arctic region."

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