National Oceanographic Library

The Library is a dynamic service, and is continually adding resources and developing services to support the research and teaching at the National Oceanography Centre. The information on these pages will tell you more about the library, how it supports NOC research, its collections and the services available to the public.

About Us

About NOL

How the Library supports research and is a vital aid to scientists and students.



The unique collection in the Library holds is a fascinating and extensive collection

Visitor access

visitor access

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Information & Data Resources

Information and Data resources

Discover more about information resources at NOL

NOC Research Publications

NOC research publications

Details of our scientists world class research and the publications it produces.

Information for staff

NOL staff helping a library user

The National Oceanographic Library provides a range of library and information resources and services for staff and students.


Contacts and visits

National Oceanographic Library, Southampton
Tel +44 (0)23 8059 6116
Fax +44 (0)23 8059 6115

Visiting the Library

If you wish to visit the library to use the collections, you will need to telephone or email the library in advance to make an appointment. You will be sent a confirmation email containing essential information for visitors. Charges may apply. Visitors may not borrow any books or other materials from the library.



The collection, which is comprehensive from the mid 19th century, includes books, reports, monographs, journals, conference proceedings, atlases and charts covering the subject areas of oceanography, deep-sea research and earth sciences including, geology and geophysics.

The National Oceanographic Library includes information on estuarine, coastal and shelf sea circulation. Wind wave dynamics and sediment transport processes. Global sea level science and geodetic oceanography. Marine technology and operational oceanography.

  • To check the collections at the National Oceanographic Library please use WebCat.


Information for…


The outputs of research generate new knowledge about the oceans. Transferring scientific knowledge to support business and industry is an important part of our NOC remit.



Our research is intended to tackle the big environmental issues facing the world. Research priorities will include the oceans' role in climate change, sea level change and the future of the Arctic Ocean.



The University of Southampton and the University of Liverpool both offer a range of highly regarded undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in Ocean and Earth Science.



For any media or press enquiries to the National Oceanography Centre follow the more link below. Please note the centre's press office is staffed from 0830 to 1730, Monday to Friday.



NOC Staff can access the Intranet and Webmail resources at the following URLS.


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Delivery Partners

Delivery Partners helping to provide marine science national capability.


Marine Science Community

The creation of a wider association of Universities and research institutions to support wider engagement of the NOC with the marine science community is now underway.



The National Oceanographic Library is a national resource for the UK marine science community.


Principal scientists

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