Getting Your Lab Ready

Shipping & Receiving
To receive packages/mail at the MBL before you arrive, address them to yourself at Marine Biological Laboratory, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole, MA, USA 02543-1015. See

Storage boxes
If you stored items at the MBL over the winter, please contact at least 3 business days before you want them delivered to your lab.

Equipment rentals
MBL labs are empty upon arrival. If you need to rent any equipment, please contact Located in Lillie 8A, they rent a wide variety of scientific equipment (e.g. table-top centrifuges, manipulators, water baths, fiber optic lights, manipulators, etc.) and sell electronic components such as transistors, resistors, capacitors, ICs, and connectors. Any unusual components not in stock can be ordered for quick delivery. Apparatus can also obtain gas cylinders, regulators, and dry ice for your lab needs. For more information, visit: (Also see common-use facilities below).

Located in Lillie 2, the stockroom is a self-serve facility, providing a limited selection of laboratory supplies and chemicals. To gain access and for a list of available items, see or contact or 508-289-7239.

Please contact Environmental Health & Safety ( to ensure that your chemical inventory is up to date and training has been completed by all of your lab members.

Marine specimens are available through the Marine Resources Center ( For use of non-marine animals, contact the Animal Care Facility at 508-289-7288. If you will be using vertebrates, please refer to for information and order forms. Information about zebrafish is available at and frogs from our National Xenopus Resource at