How do I…? | MLML/MBARI Research Library


Q: How do I check out a book/thesis?

A: All books and theses have a pocket on the inside cover with a card. Fill out your name and date and leave the card in the checkout dropbox by the entrance of the library. Library staff then checks the book out to your account in the library catalog.

Q: For how long can I check out a book?

A: Due dates can be viewed in your account in OneSearch.

  • MBARI employees & MLML graduate students, staff, and faculty: 1 year, 3 renewals
  • Undergraduates, visiting researchers and MBARI interns: circulation period aligns with time at MLML (e.g. semester or summer)
  • Loan period for items borrowed through CSU+ are 60 days (books) or 30 days (media), with no renewals. Loan periods will vary for Interlibrary Loan requests from non-CSU lenders in Illiad.

Q: Can I check out a journal issue?

A: No, journals do not circulate. You can copy, scan, or read the issue in the library. Article Delivery: If you are not at the MLML Main Lab and need an article, you can request a scan via email.

Q: Where can I look for articles online?

A: Get started by using OneSearch to search by topic and limit to Articles. Or start your search in one of our article databases. Make an appointment with the librarian, Katie Lage for more help.

Q: Can I check out laptops, cameras, cords and other electronic devices ?
A: Tech items are circulated by IT. Submit an iTicket through the MLML iTech HelpDesk website. More Info

Q: Do I have to pay for copying/printing services?

A: Printing services are free of charge for faculty, staff, students and all MLML affiliates.

Q: Do I have access to journals we are subscribed to from offsite?

A: We are currently working on optimizing access to our journals from offsite. Read more on our "Offsite Resources" webpage (to be updated). If you are offsite and unable to get to the resources you need, email for assistance.

Q: What are the steps I need to follow to submit my thesis?

A: After defending your thesis, you should:

  • Email us the final copy of your thesis once it is approved by your home campus
  • Fill out and submit the author distribution agreement form

We are no longer responsible for the binding process of students’ personal copies of their thesis. We only print one copy of each thesis and send it to the bindery so that we have one bound copy for the library.

Please contact us if you have questions about how to acquire personal copies. You can also buy bound copies from your home institution, which might be the easiest way to go. You will find useful information about the bindery the library orders its bound copy from in the link below:

Herring & Robinson Bookbinders (