Library information for Fellows and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

ZSL Library is one of the oldest and largest zoological libraries in the world - why not include ZSL Library in your next visit to ZSL London Zoo?

Please note that the ZSL Library is currently closed until further notice.

If you have borrowed books we will renew the loans, please do not attempt to return the books at the moment.

Our latest blog celebrates Herpers : Women and herpetology with a selection of artists, explorers, scientists and illustrators of the past.

Uncoloured engraving of lizard, eggs and young
Shine-formed lizard by Sarah Stone in John White’s 'Journal of a voyage to New South Wales …, 1790'

Information for ZSL Fellows 

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.

No appointment is needed to visit and use ZSL Library, simply call in with your Fellowship card.  Although, if you find it necessary to consult any of our 'special collections' i.e. historic books, ZSL archives, art works etc.. then it is best to agree a day and time with the Library team to avoid disappointment.

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.

Lead image of the library


Information for ZSL Members

Members of ZSL are also very welcome to visit and use ZSL Library simply by showing their membership cards.

Please note that Members can use ZSL Library for reference purpose only.


General Library information

ZSL Library is open Tuesday-Thursday, 9.30am-5.30pm. 

ZSL Library is 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

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



Library Tours for Fellows

Tours for Fellows

These Tours and Scientific Meetings have been cancelled. ZSL Library is currently closed. 

ZSL Library will be hosts short introductory talks to its special collections 'Archives and art works' prior to most Scientific Meeting (see schedule below). We have a different theme each month. Talks start at 4.45pm and last 20 minutes; no need to book.  Please contact or click here for more information.

If you would like a tour of ZSL Library separately to these dates please get in touch either by email, or call 020 7449 6293.

Fellows are always welcome to call in to ZSL Library, without necessarily needing tour, on production of their Fellowship card.  Library staff are always on hand to help first time visitors.

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