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

Monday - Friday

9:00 - 17:00


NMBL online gets a new look

The National Marine Biological Library has some new webpages! This should make it a lot easier to find all the amazing features the NMBL has to offer. Take a look at our facilities, or browse our incredible collections of rare materials and books.  We have tried to improve the navigation, but if you think something is missing, or you are having trouble finding what you are looking for, please contact us! 

Bookshop now open

Our second-hand bookshop is now available online! We have lots of titles available. Do check and see what offers we have waiting for you. All proceeds go straight back into the library.

Contact details

01752 426275