To go to the NMBL website, please click here: www.mba.ac.uk/nmbl/.
The National Marine Biological Library (NMBL) comprises the MBA’s library and historical collections covering the marine life and environmental sciences, and provides a range of information services that support research in the marine sciences locally, nationally and internationally. The NMBL’s library and information services provide research support for the scientific work of MBA, SAHFOS and PML researchers, and MBA members.
The library collection is one of the world’s largest of its kind, maintaining an up-to-date selection of books and journals as well as holding historical literature such as old books, expedition reports, conference proceedings and the personal libraries of past MBA researchers, including E. T. Browne, Ray E. Lankester, Marie V. Lebour and J. Z. Young. The library also holds long runs of periodicals, including grey literature, from all over the world. The author catalogue (card and online) facilitates retrieval of marine scientific information that is not otherwise readily available.
As well as being committed to providing high-quality professional information services to support its users, the NMBL is invested in knowledge exchange activities. Among other international positions, the NMBL is currently the UK partner for the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Information System (ASFIS) whose principal output is the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) bibliographic database which is an essential reference in the field of aquatic science globally. In addition, between April 2013 and March 2015, the NMBL will be the lead partner on the ChanneLIS project, an EU-funded project (under INTERREG IVA – Channel) in partnership with the Station biologique de Roscoff (France) which will create a bibliographic database of scientific literature pertaining to the Channel. For more information, please see here. The NMBL has also constructed and maintains a bibliographic database for the South West Marine Science Forum which remains a focal point for research about the marine environment in the British South West.