ZSL Library online catalogue

Search the Library catalogue

Use our catalogue to search:

  • All our serial (journal) holdings
  • All books in our collection acquired since 1993
  • Most books in our collection published before 1860
  • ZSL Archives - see note below.
  • ZSL Artwork collection
  • Links to relevant online resources

For books published before 1993 it is advisable to check both this catalogue and the card catalogue in the Library Reading Room. We are currently adding details of all books in the Library, please see details of this project below.

Our art works have been catalogued with funding from the Michael Marks Trust. Artworks and artefacts are not all listed individually, some are listed as collections.

The catalogue contains a limited number of records for the ZSL Archives, if you cannot find what you want please check with our Archivist by emailing library@zsl.org .

View our Library catalogue Frequently Asked Questions

If you experience any problems with the catalogue please contact us at library@zsl.org

Retrospective Book Cataloguing Project

ZSL Library is pleased to announce that all the books within its Reading Room have been added to the online catalogue.  A Retrospective Book Cataloguing Project commenced in Summer 2010 after a generous bequest by former staff member, Connie Nutkins.

Old catalogs at ZSL library

For many years ZSL Library has had a large gap in its online catalogue, where books published between 1860 and 1993 could only be located via the physical card catalogue located in the Library’s Reading Room.  The limited access to the Library catalogue meant that many researchers were not aware of the items held in this unique collection.  It had been hoped to for some time that a cataloguing project would help widen access to the Library, and it was only after Connie’s kind bequest that the project became a reality.

By the end of Autumn 2014 all the books in the Reading Room had systematically been added to the Library’s online catalogue, with the benefit of not only increasing access to the collection, but also giving Library staff an opportunity to perform a thorough stock check and perform conservation reports.

This was a key project in helping ZSL to deliver the strategic aim of facilitating access to zoological and conservation knowledge.

Thanks must go to staff and volunteers who have worked so hard on this project, and a special thank you to the late Connie Nutkins who made the project possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Books at the ZSL library

The following questions and answers should help you to make effective use of our catalogue.

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