Remote Access

The MBLWHOI Library is a multi-institutional research library based in Woods Hole with researchers working all over the world. Most online resources are available only to affiliates. The physical library is open to the public M-F 8-5 with the exception of holidays.

The library collection includes a variety of resources both in print and online. This guide is designed to help you become familiar with the types of resources we offer. Most of the resources you will find on the library website are subscription only. They have been purchased for use by MBLWHOI Library affiliates. The library genuinely supports open access and includes a curated collection of open resources as well.

Connecting Remotely

You can connect to library resources when you are not on campus. When you connect to a journal or database through the library website from off campus, you will be prompted for your login and password. This page will clearly be marked MBLWHOI Library. You will remain logged in until you quit your browser. You must be accessing the resource through the library interface.

If you are being prompted for a user name and password by a publisher, this probably means that we do not have access to that resource electronically. If it is something that the library subscribes to and you are having an access problem, please contact or 508-289-7002.

Your user name and password are for your use only. Allowing someone to borrow your name and password may jeopardize our contracts and access for the entire community. The library retains the right to close the account of anyone who distributes or shares their login information.
MBL users should use their MBL single login (the way you sign in to your MBL email or accounts)

Databases – how to find articles

The MBLWHOI Library licenses a variety of databases for the use of our researchers. The majority of our databases are not full-text. You will need to use the Get-Text link to determine our access to that particular article. The list of databases is browsable; however we have pulled the most frequently used databases to the top of each page. These include:

Elsevier Science Direct - use this database to search for articles in all Elsevier journals. The library subscribes to many Elsevier journals, but we do not have access to everything. Getting started video
ASFA and GeoRef - This interface searches both Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts and GeoRef, as well as all at the same time. Both databases cover a variety of sources including journal articles, conference proceedings, white papers and book chapters. This is a good database to search for keywords or ideas.
Web of Science

Journal Citation Reports



Searching is for specific titles. As you type the names will be suggested.

Find books

The library catalog includes all of the books the library owns both electronic and in paper.

Interlibrary Loan

Please fill out the form to request books or articles not found in the MBLWHOI library. Please login as directed. The first time you login, you will be prompted for some additional information.

Interlibrary Loan books can not be delivered outside of the Woods Hole area.


The institutional repository.