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Overview of Collection


The NMBL holds:

  • 14,955 books
  • 80,000 reprints
  • 147 expedition report series
  • 1,200 conference proceedings
  • 4,655 serial titles (click here to search serials catalogue)
  • 322 current serials
  • Special collections which include: Browne, Lebour, Harmer, Bidder and Young Libraries and Lankester Pamphlets
  • MBA archive including papers, letters, notebooks and other documents, illustrations, photographs and pictures
  • Comprehensive collection of maps, charts, atlases, expedition reports, microfilms/microfiches and CD-ROMs

Description of collection:

  • Extensive coverage of marine biological and ecological literature
  • Long runs of periodicals
  • Wealth of historical literature
  • Extensive reference materials
  • Reports and grey literature from all parts of the world
  • Worldwide coverage of research literature
  • Books classified by subject, including finely illustrated, rare and valuable books from the 19th century and earlier
  • Periodicals arranged in subject groups, subdivided geographically
  • Rare material e.g. pre-1914 publications from Japan and the Far East, Russia, the Ukraine and other Eastern European countries
  • Expedition report series dealing with deep-sea, offshore, coastal and terrestrial environments, many now difficult to locate in libraries