The National Marine Biological Library (NMBL), based at the MBA in Plymouth UK, is one of the largest marine reference libraries in the world, holding thousands of scientific journal titles and books, historical literature, expedition reports, and a herbarium. MBA members can make full use of the collections and incredible facilities including electronic journal access in-house, the new Southward Reading Room, as well as quiet work space with some of the best views in Plymouth.

Opening hours

The Library is now open for pre-arranged visits only.

Please contact Library staff by email for more details. 
Emails are monitored on Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-5,
and Fridays 9-12.30

Virtual Events

NMBL Virtual Tour available

Please click here for details

The National Marine Biological Library

The Library is now open for pre-arranged visits only, so please email before visiting

The Library staff continue to work from home and can be contacted via email: nmbl@mba.ac.uk

Thank you for your cooperation

Contact details

nmbl@mba.ac.uk

(email only)