Start-up

Start-up checklist
A start-up checklist is available to help you get your lab started. Click here to view and download.

Check-in/keys
Please check in at the front desk on the first floor of Swope. The Housing Office is staffed from 7 AM to 9 PM, Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 7 PM on Sunday. If you arrive after office hours and find the doors locked, please use the blue emergency phone at the front door of Swope to call Campus Security for assistance at 508-289-7217 (or extension 7217 from any house phone).

If you are staying in MBL Housing, you will need to check in at the front desk of Swope for your room/cottage key and to get your MBL card.  If your arrival is delayed, please call the Housing Office at 508-289-7213 or email housing@mbl.edu.  Failure to inform Housing of an arrival delay may be subject to a cancellation fee.  Cottages (at Devil’s Lane and Memorial Circle) are located approximately one mile away from the MBL main campus and you will require transportation to get there. A shuttle schedule is available at http://www.mbl.edu/services/mbl-shuttle/ or you can choose to walk along the footpath to the right of the entrance of the Devil’s Lane parking lot that connects directly to the Shining Sea Bikeway. For more information about housing, visit: www.mbl.edu/housing/.

If you are not staying in MBL housing, you will still need to check in at the front desk of Swope to get your MBL card and keys to your lab if you have been assigned to Lillie or MRC.  If your lab assignment is in Rowe, your MBL card, when swiped through the card reader, will let you into the building and into your lab.  If for some reason it does not, please first check to make sure you are using your most current MBL card and then contact research@mbl.edu or 508-289-7173 (x7173). If you arrive after office hours and find the doors locked or, if when on campus, you are locked out of your space, please use the blue emergency phone at the front door of Swope to call Campus Security for assistance at 508-289-7217 (x7217).

MBL card
MBL cards, which serve as your photo ID while on campus and which allow access into the buildings, are available at the front desk of Swope Center. MBL cards are programmed to begin on your registration start date and end on your departure date and can be picked up between 7 AM to 9 PM, Monday-Saturday, and 9 AM to 7 PM on Sunday. Please be sure to bring a driver’s license or a photo-ID when picking up your MBL card.

Parking permit

You need an MBL card in order to apply for your parking permit. Application forms are available at www.mbl.edu/parking-transportation-grounds/. Permits can be picked up at the front desk of Swope.  There are two types of MBL parking permits for Whitman Center Scientists: GREEN For Whitman Scientists not staying in MBL cottages, which allows parking on campus (Lillie, Loeb, Swope, Broderick, and Bar Neck lots) any time if space available and RED for Whitman Scientists staying in MBL cottages and all others affiliated with the Whitman Center, which allows parking at the individual cottages or at the Devil’s Lane off-campus parking lot. Those with RED parking permits do have the option of parking in campus lots from 5 PM–7 AM, Monday-Friday, and on weekends and holidays.  Additional information about parking can be found here.

Shipping & Receiving
All visiting personnel who expect to receive packages/mail must register in the Mail Room (Lillie 8A) to ensure delivery. For more information see www.mbl.edu/services/shipping-and-receiving/ or email shipping@mbl.edu.

Campus map
For a colored map of the MBL campus, click here.