ZSL Library and Archives is open by appointment only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and, from May 2024, Thursdays.

ZSL Library and Archives are pleased to be welcoming visitors. We are gradually reopening and welcoming a limited number of visitors by appointment only, we are open 10.30am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

Please email 24 hours in advance to make an appointment to visit so we can reserve a desk for you. If you plan to consult any of our 'special collections' i.e. Archives, historic books or artworks, then please email a week before. We can then arrange to retrieve the material ready for your visit.

Once you arrive please press the buzzer or telephone 0207 449 6293 so one of the Library Team can let you into the building.

ZSL Library is accessed via two flights of stairs. If you would like to visit but this would cause you a particular issue, please let us know so we can consider if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make for you.


Tours for Fellows and Patrons 

We will be offering tours again later in the year, meanwhile do enjoy our film which will talk you through the key features of the library:

Latest News

ZSL Archives Catalogue

We have launched our new ZSL Archives catalogue and website to search our institutional archives and to find out more about ZSL's history.

The new ZSL Archives catalogue and website includes a ‘News’ page where we will post updates about the Archives, blog posts and information about upcoming events. ‘About the Archives’ provides a general overview of ZSL’s Archives collections. ‘Explore Archive Topics’ provides information about famous ZSL animals, people and architecture. ‘How to search’ includes handy tips for searching the catalogue. Finally there is a link to ‘Search the Archive’ and delve into the history of ZSL and the zoos it owns: London and Whipsnade Zoo.

Legacy archive data has been transferred from the ZSL Library catalogue to the new AtoM (Access to Memory) open-source software and the records are being enhanced to make them as accessible as possible.

This is a great achievement for ZSL Library and Archives ahead of ZSL’s 200th anniversary, and will open up the collections to anyone interested in the history of ZSL. As we approach the anniversary, the catalogue will continue to be enhanced and developed.

Thank you to Max Communications for designing and developing the new catalogue and website, and to Sarah Broadhurst, ZSL’s former Archivist who started work on the new catalogue.

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