Library visitor information

Welcome to ZSL Library and Archives

Revised Opening Hours

Tuesday and Wednesday 10.30am-5pm only by appointment.

ZSL Library is closed on all public holidays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and at weekends.

Please email 24 hours in advance to make an appointment to visit so we can reserve a desk for you.

If you plan to consult any of our 'special collections' i.e. Archives, historic books or art works, then please email a week before.We can then arrange to retrieve material ready for your visit.


Access to ZSL Library & Archives

ZSL Library & Archives is open to all, however members of the public must register for a reference ticket (this can be done on the first day that you plan to use the Library). Please refer to 'who can use the Library' for details

Fellows of ZSL and ZSL Members are welcome to use ZSL Library & Archives. Please see 'who can use the Library' for details

If you plan to visit ZSL Library with a group of four or more people, please contact us in advance at , 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.


Finding ZSL Library & Archives

ZSL Library is in the Zoological Society of London's main office building, situated on the Outer Circle of Regent's Park, approximately 200 yards East of ZSL London Zoo's main gate and adjacent to the ZSL Meeting Rooms.

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Library visitors do not have to enter ZSL London Zoo to use ZSL Library.

External view of ZSL Offices and Library
External view of ZSL Library & Archives and Offices


ZSL Online Library Catalogue

Search the Library catalogue

ZSL Library Catalogue can be viewed online with details of all serial holdings, most-pre-1860 books and books published from 1993 onwards can also be found in the online catalogue.

Visitors may want to view this online catalogue before they visit ZSL Library in person.

Find out more about the ZSL online Library catalogue.


Wireless Internet Access

Free wireless internet access is available in ZSL Library. To connect your laptop to the wireless network you simply need to request a password from the Library desk (the password will be changed on a weekly basis).

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Please ask Library staff for further details when you visit ZSL Library.


Library information for Fellows and Members

Are you a Fellow or a member of ZSL? Find out more about visiting the library and upcoming tours here


Important points to note

  • applications to consult 'special collections i.e. historic books, archives and art works should be made a week in advance
  • school students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult while visiting ZSL Library
  • please bring your Fellowship or Membership card with you when you visit or proof of address and photo identification if you are member of the public visiting ZSL Library for the first time.
  • ZSL Library is accessed via two flights of stairs. If you are not able to use the stairs please let us know in advance of your visit so we can provide assistance. We do have access via a lift. The lift is 65cm wide and 120cm deep but if you need to use this, please do contact us in advance.


Contact details

The Library

The Zoological Society of London
Regent's Park
London NW1 4RY
020 7449 6293
ZSL Library enquiry/feedback form