Library information for Fellows and Members

Welcome to ZSL Prince Philip Zoological Library & Archives

ZSL Library is one of the oldest and largest zoological library in the world - why not include ZSL Library in your next visit to ZSL London Zoo?


Please note that ZSL Library will be open on 20 December 2019 then will close until Monday 13 January 2020.

Season's greetings from the Library Team


Did you miss our special display of 'Lost and the Rare : illustrations in historic books of extinct and endangered species'? Watch out for our newest blog featuring items in the display.


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.

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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 

From the Autumn, ZSL Library will be hosting short introductory talks to its special collections prior to most Scientific Meeting (see schedule below).  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:

10 December 2019, 4.45pm with a special focus on the zoological art of Edward Lear.

14 January 2020, 4.45pm

11 February 2020, 4.45pm

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