Library information for Fellows and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

New short library & archive talks before Science and Conservation Events. Find out more about our services and collections


Tuesday  9 July 2019 Art works and Archives : an introduction to our 'special collections'

This time we will be featuring items about Sir Stamford Raffles as July is both the anniversary of his death and birth.


ZSL Library is located in the building next door to the Meeting Rooms
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ZSL Library is open weekdays (but not bank holidays) so why not call in and use our literature and 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 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.

Find out more information about the Library.

Lead image of the library

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

Members of ZSL are very welcome to visit and use ZSL Library, one of the major zoological libraries in the world, simply by showing their membership cards.

ZSL 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 ZSL Library for reference purpose only, however Fellows may borrow books:


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

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

Our latest list of newly acquired books can journal issues can be viewed on our website

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



Library Tours for Fellows

Next Tour for Fellows - Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 4.45pm Art works and archives ; an introduction to our 'special collections'.

This time we will be featuring items about Sir Stamford Raffles as July is both the anniversary of his death and birth.

No need to book for this tour, simply turn up at 4.45 pm

Email, or call 020 7449 6293 if you want  further details

Fellows are also welcome to call in to ZSL Library, without a prior tour, on production of their Fellowship card - 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