Library Policies

Physical access to the main collection of the MBLWHOI Library is open to the public Monday - Friday during staffed hours.


Remote access and after hours access to the library is restricted to Woods Hole Scientific Community affiliated patrons.


Patrons holding a valid MBLWHOI Library card may borrow, renew or recall MBLWHOI Library books. Patrons may sign out books for the duration of their affiliation, or one year, whichever comes first. Books must remain in the vicinity of Woods Hole and are subject to recalls. Serials, Special Collections, Archives and Rare Books do not circulate.


E-journals are licensed for the research use of the MBLWHOI Library community. Use of these resources is governed by copyright law and institutional license agreements. Any type of systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions of information is prohibited. Some relevant titles are not subscribed to but are freely accessible and linked to through our website.


Restrictions may apply, please contact the library for more detail or a complete description of library policies. library [at] mbl [dot] edu


WHOI Archives

The collections in the Data Library and Archives are in closed stacks and are not accessible for browsing. Researchers are encouraged to contact the Data Library and Archives before planning a visit at archives [at] whoi [dot] edu.

    * WHOI Archives Policy

    * WHOI Archives Access Policy


Rare Books and MBL Archives

Access to the Rare Books Rooms and MBL Archives is available under the supervision of the MBL Archivist by prior arrangement. Please contact the Archivist for more information at archives [at] mbl [dot] edu or by phone at 508-289-7341.

   * Rare Books Room Policy

   * MBL Archives Access Policy


WHOAS - Woods Hole Open Access Server

    * General Guidelines
    * Amendment to Publication Agreement - (DOC) (PDF)
    * Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)