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 between Mondays and Thursdays from 0900 to 1700

Please can all visitors pre-arrange their visit by contacting Library staff at
All visits will be subject to staff availability.

Virtual Events

NMBL Virtual Tour available

Please click here for details

Contact details

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