Guest Services

Dorms: Swope/Ebert/Brick Apartment Suites/Drew/David/Veeder

  • Private/semi-private bathrooms cleaned weekly, public bathrooms cleaned daily.
  • Room trash removed weekly.
  • Towels are changed twice per week.
  • Clean bed linens provided; placed in room weekly.
  • Please bring your own toiletries.
  • Hallways and public areas swept/vacuumed as needed.
  • Recycle bins provided in common areas.

Cottages/Apartments/Smith Cottage/Crane House/11 North Street

  • Cleaned prior to arrival.
  • Occupant cleans during stay and prior to departure cleans according to specifications in Check Out Notice
  • Trash placed in dumpster (apartments), in outdoor trash cans and recycle bin (cottages/Smith/Crane). Trash is picked up on Monday mornings by roadside.

Housekeeping Services for Conference Groups at all locations except cottages

  • Provide fresh linen weekly. Towels are changed twice per week.
  • Bathrooms cleaned daily.
  • Trash removed daily.
  • Carpet sweeping/vacuuming provided as needed.


  • Credit / Debit Card operated laundry facilities are available on the ground floor of Swope, in the basements of Ebert Hall and the Brick Apartments, and in Pilot House located near the cottages.
  • Prepaid Credit cards are available for purchase at the Swope front desk.
  • It is suggested you bring your own detergent but coin operated detergent vending machines are located in all laundry rooms. Change is available at the Swope front desk.

Bed linens, blankets, pillows, and towels are provided in all types of housing.  In Dormitories, clean linens are delivered to your room weekly.  Cottage and apartment occupants receive linens upon arrival and are responsible for laundering linens during their stay.  You will need to provide your own beach towel.

To receive mail at the MBL, you must register upon arrival in the Mail Room, located in the basement of Lillie. Your address will be:

Your name
7 MBL Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543angel-fish

Some suggestions for what to bring:

  • Bring an alarm clock.  No clocks are provided in MBL housing.
  • Bring beach towels.  None are provided by the MBL.
  • Bring a bike if you have one, with a lock.  There are many bike racks and you may register for the Bike storeroom.  Bikes are not allowed in the dorms.
    * MBL housing is not an air conditioned

Telephones are available in all dormitories and apartments.  Please check the Information Technology web site for details.  Long distance access is available from all MBL phones by using a long distance calling card.  Be sure to bring calling cards with you if you will need them.

  • Cottages: Telephones provided.
  • Emergency Call Boxes can be found in Ebert Hall, the Brick Apartment Building, and outside of Swope.

Toiletries: Please bring your own toiletry supplies.

The MBL actively recycles electronic equipment, paper, packaging material, glass, and plastic. Recycling containers are positioned and recycling notices are posted throughout the campus. Contact Bob Kaski at (508) 289-7326 or for more information.

 Trash removal:

  • Dormitories/Apartments/Wooden Houses: Trash is removed by the housekeeping staff daily. Occupants are asked to place their trash in plastic bags and put it outside of their rooms/apartments.  Medical Syringes must be placed into a protective container for disposal, email Safety Office if container needed
  • Cottages: Trash must be placed by the roadside by 7 AM on