The MBLWHOI Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and bioinformatics. The MBL and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the library, which continues to build one of the most unique print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences. 

In addition to serving MBL and WHOI scientists, the staff and resources of the MBLWHOI Library are utilized by the distinguished resident research and education programs of the WHOI/MIT Joint Program, the Sea Education Association, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Research Center and the United States Geological Survey. The Library also supports a unique summer population of visiting researchers and students from more than 200 institutions worldwide. In 2010, the MBLWHOI Library became part of the MBL Center for Library and Informatics.