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Location, Hours, & Access


Lillie Library

Located at the MBL Lillie Laboratory in Woods Hole village, the main library is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For Library Card information, see our Library Card page.

After Hours and Weekend Access

Access is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., 7 days a week, for Library cardholders. Please complete the access form to add after-hours access to your Library card. This option is available for users at WHOI, MBL, NOAA, NEFSC, USGS, SEA, and Woodwell Climate Research Center. For a card, please contact the Library at

Desks and offices in the Main Library stacks are available for rent. See rates and apply.

The Rare Books Room and MBL Archives are open by appointment only.

WHOI Data Library and Archives

Located in the WHOI Quissett Campus McLean Building, open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The archives are available by appointment only for Woods Hole researchers. Due to ongoing projects and limited resources, the archives will not be open to individuals who are not part of the Woods Hole scientific community at this time. Please call 508-289-2850 to schedule a visit.

MBLWHOI Library Herbarium

Located in the WHOI Data Library and Archives, Herbarium access is by appointment only. Please contact Herbarium Curator Pam Polloni at 508-289-4948.

Remote Electronic Access

Access is limited to authorized users only. Find more information.