For over 120 years, the MBLWHOI Library has been the intellectual heart of the Woods Hole scientific community. Today the Library is internationally recognized as defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and informatics. The Library continues to build one of the most unique print and electronic literature collections in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences.
The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the MBLWHOI Library. In addition to serving MBL and WHOI scientists daily, the staff and resources of the MBLWHOI Library are utilized year round by the distinguished resident research and education programs of the Woods Hole Research Center, the Sea Education Association, NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast Fisheries Science Center, the United States Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, the Brown University Marine Program and the MIT/WHOI Joint Program. The Library also supports a unique summer population of visiting researchers and students from more than 200 institutions worldwide.
In February of 2020, the library completed the 2021 strategic planning statement.