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


"Opening Doors"

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The National Marine Biological Library

We will be closed to visitors on:

Fridays - except open on Friday 14th February

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Thank you for your cooperation

NB. Staff with fob access will still be able to use the library during Citadel Hill building open hours

Contact details

01752 426275