Library and Archives Tour - history and people

Founded in 1826, ZSL’s library has amassed one of the most extensive zoological collections in the world. Charles Darwin, Alfred Russell Wallace and David Attenborough have all signed the visitor book! 

Join a library and archives expert as they take you behind the scenes of one of the oldest zoological libraries/collections in the world.  Home to a unique collection of books, artwork and archive material, step back in time to discover the history of our collections.  

With over 200 000 volumes, dating from the 16th century to the present, we’ll be revealing the lives of herpetologist Joan Proctor and artist Edward Lear with material on display that is normally hidden from view.  

Tours last 30 minutes and must be booked in advance. 

3 visitors admiring a large historic book in ZSL Library

Attending this event
  • Tickets will be released in early April and available to book via this webpage (or by calling 0344 225 1826).
  • Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The tours will be held in the Main Reception Building and Council Room (see map).  Please enter via the Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 4RY.
  • We regret that the library is not wheel-chair accessible and is accessed via two-flights of stairs.
  • This tour is recommended for adults and older children (10 yrs+).
  • The nearest underground station is Camden Town; nearest bus route is no.274.
  • For enquiries about this event, please contact (tel. 0207 449 6227)
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