Library information for Fellows and Members

Important information for Library users

ZSL Library will be closed for important building work from Wednesday 15th March, and will reopen Monday 20th March.  From this date building works will continue for up to 7 weeks, so please expect some noise and disruption to normal services during this period.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


New student fellows - Welcome to ZSL Library

ZSL Library is open weekdays so why not call in and use our resources or simply use the Library as a place to study? 

As well as being able to borrow books, consult journals and Zoological Record you can also use our free wi-fi. Search our web based Library catalogue online to check our holdings, it also contains links to some relevant online resources.

No appointment is needed to visit and use ZSL Library, simply call in with your Fellowship card.

If you find you want to consult any of our 'special collections' i.e. historic books, ZSL archives, art works then it is best to agree a day and time with the Library team.

ZSL Library is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm. The Library is closed on all public holidays and at weekends.

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.

For more information about the Library please visit our website .

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Why not include ZSL Library in your next visit to ZSL London Zoo?

Members of ZSL can access ZSL Library, one of the major zoological libraries in the world, simply by showing their membership cards.

The Library contains a wide range of books and journals on all types of animals and their conservation, with a special collection of material relating to zoos.

Members can use the Library for reference purpose only, however Fellows may borrow books:

Search our Library catalogue online


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

Please contact ZSL Library if you would like to receive our monthly list of new acquisitions via email.

Library Tour for Fellows

Next tour - Tuesday 9th May, 4pm

To find out how the Library could help you with your research, why not join us for an introductory Library tour?  The tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will help familiarise you with Library services.  Approximately two thirds of the tour will include information on how to find books, journals & journal articles, how to borrow items, and other information to help you make the most of our services. 

The last portion of the tour gives Fellows the opportunity to see some of the Library’s rarest books!

To make a booking, or an enquiry, please email, or call 020 7449 6293.