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Request Materials

To request materials from other Libraries (including article PDFs), please use the resource request form here:  Please bear in mind that given the situation, we may not be able to obtain materials from other Libraries. Unfortunately due to the current situation, we can only supply electronic content.

Books and Physical Journals, and expanded access to certain publishers

Unfortunately access to physical collections is not available at this time. The Lillie Library stacks and reading rooms are closed. Resources may be available though Open Access platforms such as: the Biodivesity Heritage Library, the Internet Archive, National Emergency Library, Open Library and the Hathi Trust.

Due to extenuating circumstances, some publishers are making additional content available on their platform. We will be updating this space as more become available.

Remote Access

Remote access to scholarly articles from the MBLWHOI Library is available in a number of ways. Campus specific information is listed below. All users are able to use the proxy server option.

  • MBL: Use your MBL login and password. You will remain logged in until you quit your browser. You must access the resource through the library website using proxy server (see instructions below).
  • WHOI: Log in to WHOI VPN before accessing library subscribed journal or database. Alternatively, you may use library proxy server (see instructions below).
  • USGS: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.
  • WHRC: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.
  • SEA: Users always access remote content via the proxy server.

Proxy server

Initially, your username and password for the proxy server are identical, a combination of your initials and the 5-digit number on your Library card.


  • Pat Smith with Library card #12345
  • Username: ps12345
  • Password: ps12345

You will be prompted to set a new password, which needs to be changed on an annual basis. Access more information in our On-Boarding information guide.

MBLWHOI EZproxy Browser Bookmarklet

Most of our electronic resources can be accessed through our website through remote access authentication.  However, there are cases where you may go directly to a publisher's site, bypassing our website's "proxied links" and you won't be recognized as having access.  For these cases, the MBLWHOI EZProxy Browser Bookmarklet will allow you to log in without first going back to the MBLWHOI Library homepage.

Once added, you will see MBLWHOI EZProxy in your browser's menu bar.  Click on the MBLWHOI EZProxy and the proxy prefix is added to the URL and the paper will be accessible if we subscribe.  Please note, if you are not already logged into our proxy server, you will be prompted to do so.


  • Firefox - Right click on this link: MBLWHOI EZProxy and select "Bookmark This Link".
  • Google Chrome - Drag this link: MBLWHOI EZProxy to your bookmarks toolbar.



While Pubmed is a free service, accessing this resource with a customized MBLWHOI url will provide users with additional options for obtaining full text.  Using this link will provide a "GetText" button on each Pubmed citation that provides a path to our subscribed content.  Please note that this will require most users to login to our proxy server (see above).


Google Scholar

It's possible to add links to MBLWHOI Library subscribed content with Google Scholar.

1.  From the Google Scholar homepage click on the "hamburger" menu in the upper left corner.

2.  From the expanded menu, select the Settings option.

3.  From the resulting menu, select Library Links.  Search for and add "MBLWHOI".

4.  Note the new "MBLWHOI GetText" links that appear next to many citations.


The Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS) repository was granted CoreTrustSeal certification on August 28, 2019.  The WHOAS repository complies with the guidelines set by the CoreTrustSeal Board.

We chose to go through this process to demonstrate our commitment to quality stewardship and to be a trusted option for our researchers facing funder and publisher requirements that data be accessible, and more recently, also citable with a DOI.

The Library always recommends that researchers deposit data in an appropriate subject or community repository, but there are many cases where the dataset needing a DOI does not fit that scenario. 

The ability to quickly and easily deposit data in a certified repository is a value added service for our users. Some funders now mandate the data must be deposited in a FAIR repository. Being a CoreTrustSeal certified repository ensures that the WHOAS repository practices FAIR principles.

Data Librarian, Audrey Mickle, teaching a module on Data Management Planning at the  WHOI Data Science Training Camp 2020. The main goals of the two day training camp are foundational best practices in data, software, and project management for scientific research; some more specific practices in the ocean sciences; and some resources available at WHOI.


The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) donated the Watkins/Schevill Sound Archive to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in December 2016.  Highlights from the digitized audio recordings of marine mammals continue to be held by the WHOI Archives. We recently loaned the museum a Rochelle salt hydrophone and a Gray Audograph Dictaphone.  These instruments took some of the first recordings of marine mammal sounds and will be part of a long term exhibit, Whales Today, that opened on February 18, 2019.  Read more about the exhibit, Whales Today.



The Library’s application to the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission" (IOC) of UNESCO to become an Associate Information Unit (AIU) has been accepted.

From the IODE website:

2-October-2018: Two first IODE Associate Units (AIU) established

Information (as usually managed by librarians) is as essential in the research process as data. The marine library community should therefore be a natural key stakeholder in the IODE programme. While IODE had a Group of Experts on Marine Information Management (GE-MIM) since 1984 and also IODE national coordinators for marine information management, until 2017 IODE lacked channels of direct communication with individual marine science libraries and information centres which limited engagement with the marine information community.  Accordingly IODE-XXIV adopted Recommendation IODE-XXIV.5 (IODE ASSOCIATE INFORMATION UNIT). The two first AIUs have now been formally established: the MBLWHOI Library (Woods Hole, MA, United States) and INSTM Library (Salammbo, Tunisia). Find more information from IODE.

DataCite, a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) registry agent, is an international organization which aims to improve data citation in order to:

  • establish easier access to research data on the internet
  • increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record
  • support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study

From the Executive Director:

“DataCite's Executive Board overwhelmingly supported your application for membership.”

This membership enables the Library to provide increased data services that will support data citation and discovery.

Do you need a DOI for a dataset?  Contact the Library at .

Librarian, Audrey Mickle will provide an update about the DMP Tool Project, go over changes and improvements to the interface, and answer questions about how to use the DMP Tool, as well as questions about data management in general. Feel free to email questions ahead of time. There will be a presentation for both the village and the quissett campus on July 12th. 
Time and location: July 12th, 11:00 am in Clark 509
Time and location: July 12th, 1:00 pm at the WHOI Exhibit Center auditorium 
Contact:, 508-289-2538

Join us for a Rare Books Open House event on Friday, December 1st, at 6:15 in the Lillie Building's newly updated Grass Reading Room. The event will feature literature from expeditions of scientific exploration and works of Icelandic scientific literature. The open house is followed by the Falmouth Forum at 7:30 in the Lillie auditorium. The lecture is free to the public and will be given by Robert Cushman Barber, (Former) U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Iceland and Partner at Prince Lobel.

The current exhibit at the Cape Cod Museum of Art includes items from the WHOI Data Library and Archives. The exhibit, "Mysteries & Revelations: Discovering Cape Cod's Museum Treasures," focuses on items with previously unknown stories behind them, held by 36 art, science and history organizations on the Cape. The Data Library's addition to the exhibition includes two items related to a photograph of Gregorio Fuentes, who was Ernest Hemingway's first mate on his boat, El Pilar, and was one of the inspirations for the Old Man and the Sea. Fuentes worked on WHOI's vessel, the Atlantis, during a cruise that circumnavigated Cuba in 1938 collecting fish samples. A reference request at the Data Library led to the discovery of Fuentes' time on the Atlantis.

The exhibition runs until November 26 at the Cape Cod Museum of Art at 60 Hope Lane in Dennnis, MA.

As we celebrate International Open Access Week 2017, below we take a look at the freely accessible digitized version of an article from the Marine Biological Laboratory 1926 newspaper called "The Collecting Net". In an article entitled "Cooperation in Research" the editors foreshadow the concept of open access:

"Some workers are reticent about letting others know just what they are doing or how they are doing it. ...This is not in the interest of science, even though in some cases it may be better for the ego."

Collecting Net V.1 n. 2 (1926) MBLWHOI Library via Biodiversity Heritage Library


The article goes on to propose an open laboratory scheme in which scientists visit each others laboratories at appointed times...given this 1926 pre-electronic pre-open access period, in an international laboratory which was active for only 10 or so weeks a year, promotion of such an attitude, if practiced would have had the same type of impact modern Open Access has today!

We worked with our partner the Biodiversity Heritage Library to digitize the Collecting Net. The BHL serves over 200,000 volumes of scientific literature, freely accessible with an computer or similar device.

Link to above page in Collecting Net