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?

Revised Opening : ZSL Library & Archives are open Tuesday to Thursday 9.30am to 5.30pm.

This change to our opening days will allow ZSL's Library & Archives Team to develop a programme of support & public engagement.


Our latest blog celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of artist Joseph Wolf.


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 Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm but is closed on all public holidays, at weekends and extended period over Christmas.Please note from Wed 4 December ZSL Library will be closed on Wednesdays until further notice.

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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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

Tours for Fellows 

ZSL Library will be hosts short introductory talks to its special collections 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.

Dates of upcoming Library introductions:


11 February 2020, 4.45pm. Joseph Wolf will be the focus again, it will be different to January's talk so do come again to see more of his art.

10 March 2020, 4.45pm

14 April 2020, 4.45pm

12 May 2020, 4.45pm

14 July 2020, 4.45pm

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