Library information for Fellows, Patrons and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

Latest: ZSL Library & Archives is opening by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

ZSL Library and Archives are pleased to be welcoming visitors again.We are gradually reopening and welcoming a limited number of visitors by appointment only. We are open 10.30am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. 

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.

Once you arrive please telephone 0207 449 6293 so we can arrange access to the building.

Although some restrictions have been lifted our priority is to keep you and our staff safe so we would appreciate you complying with some safety measures.

  • Please use a face mask when entering the building and while moving around the building, unless you are exempt.

  • Please also wash your hands on arrival. We are asking our visitors to wash hands regularly rather than use handgel which may cause damage to our collections.

  • You may remove you face mask when sitting at a Library desk but please wear it again when moving around the Library.

  • Please also keep a distance from other Library visitors and Library staff.


Online Library Catalogue 

This is available 24/7 and contains links to relevant online resources as well as listing our holdings: ZSL Library Catalogue


‘Click and collect’ book loans

Please check our online catalogue for books you wish to borrow  ZSL Library Catalogue and email details to Collection details will be provided when we email confirming the items are available for loan.


Renewals/Extending Loans

If you have borrowed books from us already, we will automatically renew the loan period.


Returning Loans

If you wish to return any borrowed items and do not wish to make an appointment to visit ZSL Library & Archives, please put them in an envelope or bag and hand in at the East Service Gate which is located opposite the ZSL Main Offices, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY.

Please mark the envelope/bag for the attention of ZSL Library and write the date you have returned the item on the package so that we can quarantine returns for 72 hours.

Returned items can be left at the East Service Gate 10am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday only.


Scan and Send

Scans for non-commercial use can be made from printed items held in ZSL Library, including book chapters and journal articles, in compliance with copyright regulations. There is a charge of 30p per page. Please ensure that we have the item you want by checking our online ZSL Library Catalogue then email with details of the item you wish us to scan.


Postal Loans

If you are unable to use our ‘click and collect’ service or are unable to make an appointment to visit, books can be posted to you via ‘Special Delivery’, costs vary depending on the size of book, from £8 to £25. Please check our online catalogue for the book you wish to borrow then email with the details.


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General Library information

We have thousands of books available for borrowing, and a host of online resources.  Search our Library catalogue online to check our holdings and explore the collection.

Remember : Fellows can borrow 6 books at any one time; Student Fellows may borrow 2 books at any one time. 

Find out more information about the Library.

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ZSL Library & Archives are in the Zoological Society of London's main office building, 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.

Search our Library catalogue online to find out about our books, journal holdings, art works and archives


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



Library Tours for Fellows

We are not currently holding tours but you can still catch us on YouTube talking about our Special Collections

Objectivity Videos - The reptile expertDarwin at the Zoo and Random Zoo photos

ZSL Facebook video for World Book Day with Emma talking about three of her favourite books - by Konrad Gessner, Evelyn Cheeseman and Charles Darwin.


Two Library visitors viewing manuscripts and drawings depicting birds
Library Visitors viewing Hodgson's manuscripts

To celebrate our reopening and the Frieze Sculpture Fair in Regent's Park - our latest blog is about sculptures in ZSL Library & Archives also on the website - information about sculptures to be found in ZSL London Zoo.

Bronze of a running elephant
Elephant bull, Nicola Toms