MBLWHOI Library Stacks. Credit: MBL Archives
MBLWHOI Library Stacks. Credit: MBL Archives

The MBLWHOI Library continues to support the ground-breaking research and educational programs in Woods Hole. As the MBL gradually returns its mission-critical programs within the current environment, the campus has reconfigured space in order to meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines including social distancing requirements. Therefore, the use of the Library will be limited to full-time employees, active students, and faculty or current visiting investigators. MBL buildings are currently closed to the public and community members until further notice.  Fully vaccinated current researchers at WHOI, Woodwell Climate Research Center, USGS or SEA who wish to physically access the Library should contact library@mbl.edu. Access is not immediately available.

The MBLWHOI Library is pleased to welcome back vaccinated members of the MBL Society. The Library will be open Monday-Friday 8a.m. – 5p.m. by card access only. To enable access on your card, please fill out the MBLWHOI Library COVID-19 Attestation form. You will be asked to upload proof of vaccination. If you need a card or have any questions, please contact library@mbl.edu.

The Library, including the Grass and Bay Reading Rooms and stacks, is open  Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for users as described above.  Users will need to follow all MBL COVID-19 health and safety guidelines including wearing a mask at all times. Food or drink is not allowed.

Books and journals located in the stacks can be requested through the library catalog located here

About the Library

For over 120 years, the MBLWHOI Library has been the intellectual heart of the Woods Hole scientific community. Today the Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and informatics.  The Library continues to build one of the most unique print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences.

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the MBLWHOI Library.  In addition to serving MBL and WHOI scientists daily, the staff and resources of the MBLWHOI Library are utilized year round by the distinguished resident research and education programs of the Woods Hole Research Center, the Sea Education Association, NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the United States Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, the Brown University Marine Program and the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. The Library also supports a unique summer population of visiting researchers and students from more than 200 institutions worldwide.

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