Campus Information

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May and June can be rainy and chilly, especially at night. Pack sweaters and rain-wear along with a windbreaker. Dress in Woods Hole and at MBL is casual. Bring clothes you don’t mind getting dirty or spilled on while working in the lab or field and wear closed-toe shoes.

The MBL maintains a beach that is within a short walking distance of the MBL campus. Use of the beach is free to MBL guests. Guests must provide their own beach towel.  Lifeguard services are provided during the summer months. Please contact the Swope Front Desk for directions and more information. A valid MBL parking sticker is required to park at the beach.  All Falmouth beaches close at 10 PM.

Tennis Courts:

Two tennis courts and a paddle tennis court are located in the area adjacent to the cottages. These courts are free for use by those affiliated with the MBL.

Bicycle storage:
An indoor bicycle storage area is available in the basement of Ebert Hall for a nominal fee. Bicycles may not be stored in dormitories. More information is available at the main desk in Swope, or from Bob Kaski at (508) 289-7326 or


Playground equipment is located in the Memorial Circle cottage area.

Childcare Services:
MBL Summer Programs for Children offer activities and supervision for children from the ages of four to twelve. The goal is to provide a fun, safe, and interesting summer for children of MBL faculty, staff, and community members.

Computer Access/Availability:

On Campus:
If you have a laptop you can easily bring with you, please do so. Wireless Internet access is available on campus.

MBL Cottages:
Wireless network services are now available at the MBL cottages.

For more information, please visit Contact the MBL help desk with any questions at 508-289-7654 or at

Course Schedules, Lecture Announcements, etc.:
Announcements of MBL lectures and local activities and events are hard to miss, but do check the bulletin boards and flat-screen monitors in Swope, Loeb, and Lillie. Also, visit the MBL online calendar.

Parking & Parking permits:
Parking at the MBL and in Woods Hole is extremely limited and regulated. The MBL maintains an off-campus parking lot and provides scheduled shuttle service during the peak season to the main campus.  The use of bicycles is encouraged. Occupants of MBL cottages are prohibited from using unregistered vehicles on the private roads in the area.  Each cottage is provided with one off-street parking space.  Additional cars at cottages must park at the Devil’s Lane parking lot, with proper permit.

  • A parking permit must be displayed to park in any MBL lot.  They are issued at the Swope Front Desk.  Permits do not guarantee a space.
  • Permits are available at no fee to those affiliated with the MBL.
  • Contact Bob Kaski at (508) 289-7326 or for more information about parking.

Shuttle Service:
Shuttle service between the MBL’s Woods Hole campus, the Cottages, and the Devil’s Lane Parking Lot is available during summer months. Contact Bob Kaski at (508) 289-7326 or for more information about shuttle service and schedules

 * Important Campus Contact Numbers :
For all Emergencies on Campus please dial Security at: 508-289-7217 or extension 7217
For all other calls please contact MBL main line at: 508-548-3705 or dial 0.


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