Library information for Fellows and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

New for Autumn 2018 – short library & archive talks before Science and Conservation Events.

Start at 4.45pm -  no need to book just come along. The ZSL Library & Archives will be open until 5.45pm on these dates.


Tuesday 11 December 2018 How to make the most of your library

Tuesday 15 January Art works and Archives

Tuesday  12 February 2019 Art works and Archives

Tuesday  12 March 2019 How to make the most of your library

Tuesday  9 April 2019 Art works and Archives

Tuesday  14 May 2019 How to make the most of your library

Tuesday  9 July 2019 Art works and Archives

How to make the most of your library – an introduction to ZSL Library & Archives and the services we offer

Art works and Archives – an introduction to our `special collections’

For details of Science and Conservation Events see



ZSL Library & Archives Christmas Closure


We will close on Friday 21 December 2018 and reopen on Monday 14 January.
Please note that although we will be open week beginning 17 December 2018 there will be no access to our Special Collections


New student fellows

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.

Find out more information about the Library.

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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

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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 Tours for Fellows

Next Tour for Fellows - 11 December 2018 at 4.45pm

If you would like to arrange an induction prior to the next official tour, please contact the Library as we are happy to run tours on an adhoc basis. 

Fellows are also welcome to call in to the Library, without a prior tour, on production of their Fellowship card - staff are always on hand to help first time visitors.

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