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 - Thursday

9:00 - 17:00

The Library is now closed due to the Coronavirus. 

Please see below for contact details.


"Opening Doors"

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The National Marine Biological Library

We are now 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

NB. The Library is now also closed to Staff with fob access as the Citadel Hill building is closed to all staff due to the COVID-19 status.

Contact details

01752 426275