Stockroom Overview

The Stockroom operation exists to serve the scientific and marine needs of the WHOI community. The nature of the work here requires a wide variety of unique supply items. Many of these items must be available "on site," without waiting for shipments to come from sources out of our immediate geographic location. Items that are candidates for inventorying in the Stockroom are those have long lead times, are unique or that can best be purchased in bulk.

The inventory in the Stockroom must be dynamic, reflecting the continuing changing needs of science, engineering and marine operations. To meet this demand, the Stockroom staff must continually monitor the activity of the inventory to ensure the proper quantity of items are on hand. The Stockroom Team is also responsible for monitoring new requirements of the community and eliminating those inventory items that are outdated. Finally, the Stockroom staff is expected to continually seek out and apply best business practices in regard to managing supply inventories.

We hope you will find the pages that follow helpful. Please forward any comment and suggestions to the members of the Stockroom team at

How does it work

  • Two ways to order:
    • Online
    • Email with account number, employee number, building and room number
  • Order filled at Stockroom
  • Delivered daily
  • Order charged to account when filled

Orders are then delivered to your location. Order placed by 11 a.m. will be delivered by mid-afternoon. Special deliveries can be arranged by contacting our Distribution department directly at x2416.

Returns can be made by contacting the Stockroom by email at or by calling x4982 for pick up. Replacement order must be submitted as new order.

Location & Hours

NOTE: The Smith Stockroom is closed effective January 1, 2014.

The Quissett Stockroom is located next to the Carpenter Shop.
Hours are Monday - Friday 8:00AM to 4:00PM (except Tuesdays closing @ 3:15PM)

Phone: x4982
Fax: (508) 457-2042

Last updated: September 11, 2019