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 closed due to the Coronavirus. 

An email service is provided:
Tuesday & Thursday 9-5,
Friday 9-12.30

Virtual Events

NMBL Virtual Tour available

Please click here for details

The National Marine Biological Library

We are closed to visitors due to COVID-19

The Library staff are working from home and can be contacted via email:

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your cooperation

Contact details

(email only)