ZSL Visiting Library Scholars

This is an honorary position, scholars from around the world are welcome to apply and receive privileged access to the ZSL Library & Archives for a period of time, giving an opportunity to study rare or unique items in the collections.

ZSL Library holds many rare and fine books relating to all types of animals, their biology, conservation and discovery. ZSL Library also contains photographs of animals dating back to the 1860s, many watercolours and prints as well as the Archives of ZSL.

Visiting scholars have studied the hand written travel journals of William Baird; the provenance and history of ZSL’s volume of Mark Catesby’s The natural history of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands, 1731-43; Brian Houghton Hodgson’s drawings of Indian birds.

Miles Kempton is our current Visiting Scholar, he is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. He is using ZSL Library & Archives to research ZSL London Zoo and natural history TV in the 1950s and 1960s. Read his guest blog Congo and the ‘Biology of Art’

David Lowther, is a former Visiting Scholar when he was a PhD student at the University of Newcastle, he subsequently moved to the University of Durham. He used ZSL Library & Archives to assist in his research into the development of zoology in Britain c.1820-1850. Read his guest blog Hodgson and the “Zoology of Nipal"

If you would like to be considered for the honorary position of ZSL Visiting Library Scholar, please submit a Curriculum vitae, with appropriate references, outlining your planned research topic and length of proposed stay. Please note our Library & Archives well-used and hence applying some time in advance of your visit is recommended. This is an honorary post only and no remuneration is payable.

David Lowther ZSL Library's 2014 Visiting Scholar looking through works of John Gould
David Lowther ZSL Library's 2014 Visiting Scholar looking through works of John Gould


For further background information about ZSL and to make an application for the position of visiting scholar in the library please contact library@zsl.org or write to:

Ann Sylph
The Zoological Society of London
Regents Park

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