Who can use the Library

The ZSL Library is open to all - please see below for access details and limitations on usage.

General Public

Members of the public who are not members of ZSL or the RES may request a Library reference ticket. Please note that you will be able to use the Library for reference only. No books may be removed.

Please bring proof of your address and photo identification with you on the day that you wish to join the Library: this is necessary even for day tickets. You will be asked to complete an application form on your first visit and a ticket will then be posted to your home address.

  • If you do not bring the identification detailed above you will be refused access to the Library
  • If you plan to visit ZSL Library withgroup of four or more people, a please contact us in advance at library@zsl.org , on 0207 449 6293 or via our online enquiry/feedback form
  • Library users below the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times when visiting ZSL Library
  • Library Regulations for Reference Ticket Holders (86.94 KB)

Fellows of ZSL

Fellows of the Zoological Society of London are welcome to use the Library and borrow up to six books at a time.

Since September 2011 Student Fellows have been able to borrow up to two books at a time.

Please bring your Fellowship card with you when your visit.

Library Regulations for Fellows (328.46 KB)

Library Regulations for Student Fellows (328.4 KB)

Find out how to become a Fellow of ZSL


Fellows of the Royal Entomological Society (RES)

Fellows of the Royal Entomological Society are allowed to use the Library and borrow two books at a time. Please bring some proof of RES membership with you, plus proof of address and photographic ID Library Regulations for members of the Royal Entomological Society (110.02 KB)


ZSL Members

ZSL Members are welcome to use the Library for reference only, no books may be removed. Please bring your membership card with you.

Library Regulations for ZSL Members (86.94 KB)

Find out how to become a Member of ZSL


ZSL Visiting Library Scholars

Scholars from around the world are welcome to apply and receive privileged access to ZSL Library for a period of time, giving an opportunity to study rare or unique items in the collections.

Find out how to apply for an honorary position as a visiting library scholar.