Library information for Fellows and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

Latest: ZSL Library & Archives remains closed to visitors however we are offering some services to ZSL Fellows.



Please email your enquiries to and we will respond as soon as we can. Please note that it may take longer than usual to respond to enquiries but we will reply as quickly as we can. Library staff will be checking emails Tuesday to Thursday only.


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, 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, 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

Tours for Fellows

These Tours have been cancelled and ZSL Library is currently closed but do take a look at our

'Welcome to ZSL Library and Archives' on YouTube

Scientific Meeting now online.


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