Marine Studies Library

The Marine Studies Library is a branch library serving the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Marine Science and Policy in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

Marine Studies Library Picture It provides a specialized collection of approximately 19,000 books and bound periodicals on marine biology and biochemistry; chemical, physical and biological oceanography; marine geology; and aquaculture. Seating is available for approximately 50 users including spaces at public terminals for access to library and World Wide Web resources in marine studies and related subject areas. Group study areas are also provided. The facility provides wireless access to the University network. This branch library is located on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes, Delaware, in the Cannon Laboratory. Further information about services and collections is listed below, with details on specific services and resources.

Library Services

  • Reference Services

    Reference service and research assistance are available from the desk at the Marine Studies Library or from the Morris Library Reference Desk, 302-831-2965. Alternatively, you may reach the subject specialist in marine studies, Fritz Getze, at 831-2530 or via E-mail. University students, staff, and faculty have access to over 190 databases through Library Databases. Also available is Ask a Librarian, an electronic reference service providing responses in real time or within one working day to brief reference questions, and Virtual Reference, a guide to ready reference resources freely available on the Web.

  • Circulation Services:

    Books and other materials can be borrowed, under regular Library regulations, through check out at the Marine Studies Library service desk, 645-4290. Please remember to bring your I.D. card, which is required for all check outs. You may access a list of materials charged to you electronically through Books I have Checked Out. A book may be recalled electronically when Delcat indicates it is checked out to another user. If you have difficulty with these online circulation services, see this FAQ Page.

  • Reserve Materials:

    All books, journal articles, photocopies, and other items needed for course reserve at the Sharp Campus by faculty and instructors in the College of Marine and Earth Studies should be submitted to the Marine Studies Library staff. Course reserves are available in Morris Library and each branch library. Please ask staff at the appropriate location for specific guidelines for putting items on reserve. Faculty and instructors are invited to participate in the University of Delaware Library Electronic Reserves as well as traditional reserves. See for more information.

  • Requests from Newark Campus for Marine Studies Library Books and Journals

    There is an online form for these requests available in the Forms section of the Library Home Page. Otherwise you may ask at the Circulation Desk in Morris Library or at the Service Desk in any Branch Library for retrieval of books and journals located in the Marine Studies Library. For instructions in using the form, call the Morris Library Circulation Desk at (302) 831-2455.

  • Requests from Lewes Campus for Newark Campus Libraries Books and Journals

    Please ask staff in the Marine Studies Library for help in retrieving books and journals from the Newark campus or call (302) 645-4290 for information related to this process.

  • Interlibrary Loan:

    If the University of Delaware Library does not own a book or journal volume that you need for research, you may use Interlibrary Loan to obtain the item from another library. An electronic Request Form is provided for your use in finding this material, or you may also call Interlibrary Loan at 831-2236.

  • New Book Shelf:

    Books recently added to the Marine Studies Library are displayed on a New Books cart near the reference collection. Access to a list of material newly added to Morris Library is available on the Web through the Morris Library Electronic New Book Shelf.

  • Other inquiries about Marine Studies Library services and collections can be made by calling 645-4290. For hours, call 831-BOOK. For directions, call 645-4290 or printable map and directions.

Library Collections and Resources

  • Coverage of the Collection:

    The collection of approximately 19,000 books and bound periodical volumes includes the following subjects: marine biology and biochemistry; biology of marine and salt-tolerant terrestrial plants; chemical, physical, and biological oceanography; marine geology; and aquaculture. The Marine Studies Library subscribes to a number of periodicals and scholarly journals, and provides access to many more electronic journals and other Internet resources on subjects related to Marine studies via the World Wide Web. Delaware Sea Grant reports are available in this location.

  • Requests for Purchase:

    The Library welcomes suggestions for the purchase of books, journals, media, electronic media, microforms, and journal backfiles. Please give recommendations to library staff at the Marine Studies Library, to the subject librarian in marine studies, Fritz Getze, at 831-2530 or use the online form Recommendation for Library Purchase.

  • Subject Guides: Marine Studies

    Use this general guide, at, to help locate databases, electronic journals, web resources and subject guides in all of the disciplines of marine studies.

Ellen Erbe
Library Supervisor
Debbie Booth
Library Coordinator
phone 645-4290

Fritz Getze
Associate Librarian
Library Liaison,
College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment
phone 831-8873

Library Hours
Mon.- Fri. 8am-5:00 pm
Cannon Laboratory
Room 234
700 Pilottown Road
Lewes, DE 19958

Map & Directions

Electronic Reserves
Submit instructor-owned materials only to the branch library assistant, i.e. course syllabus, lecture notes, problem sets/solutions, and sample exams. The University of Delaware Library also offers Electronic Reserve. Click here for more information about Electronic Reserve.

Books may be checked out at the Marine Studies Library. Please remember to bring your I.D. card. Access your list of materials electronically at Books I have Checked Out. Books may be recalled electronically when Delcat indicates it is checked out.

Requests for Purchase
Send recommendations for new books and electronic media to Ellen Erbe, Debbie Booth or Fritz Getze by email, or the online form Recommendation for Library Purchase.

This page is maintained by Frederick Getze, Branch Libraries Department.
Questions or comments

Last modified: August 25, 2011