Marine Institute Library Catalogue Open for Access Online

MI LibraryThe catalogue of the Marine Institute’s Oceanus specialist research library of over 5,000 books relating to marine, natural and life sciences is now open to online viewing.


Through this link,  
anyone interested in the Institute’s extensive and historic collection of scientific literature relating to marine and freshwater resources can browse the content of the Library in advance of any visit to the Institute’s Library to view the material in person.     

“The foundations of the Marine Institute Library collection began with materials acquired by the Fisheries Branch of the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction for Ireland, which was established in 1899,” said Dr. Peter Heffernan, Chief Executive of the Marine Institute.   

The collection, including some rare items dating back over one hundred years, was enhanced and added to by the successor agencies of the Fisheries Branch until the Fisheries Research Centre moved to Abbotstown in the 1970s and was incorporated into the Marine Institute in January 1996.  Over the years, the Library has continued to build and preserve a fine collection of resource material to support Research, Development and Innovation in the Marine sector.   

Photo of Anne Wilkinson

According to Anne Wilkinson, the Institute’s Library and Information Manager, “Our unique archive material, dating from c. 1890, is an important element of this collection. The archive includes scientific reports, books and publications prepared by Irish and international marine researchers, including copies of Fishery Ireland Acts dating from the late 1800s and Reports of the Inspectors of Irish Fisheries and Sea and Inland Fisheries Ireland from the same period."



The Library archive has a microfiche reader to facilitate access to some of this material. "We also hold many more titles in our Reports Section including copies of research reports prepared by Marine Institute scientists and marine related publications issued by the European Union," said Anne Wilkinson, "as well as those of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO)”  

Oceanus Library is open to the public by appointment and is located at the Marine Institute headquarters at Rinville, Oranmore, Co. Galway.

You can contact the Library by email: or 
by phone: +353 91 387200.