San Diego Zoo Global Library San Diego Zoo Global Library

General Information

San Diego Zoo Global Library
Beckman Center
15600 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027

(760) 747-8702 x5736

Open M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Services and facilities

Online resources


Mission & Vision

About the San Diego Zoo Global Library

General Information

Contact us

(760) 747-8702 x5736


Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


The Main Library is located on the second floor of the Beckman Center, home to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, next door to San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. Our library houses the majority of the Zoo's 12,000+ books, and 400+ print journal titles, as well as the Archives and Rare Book Room. Many more journal subscriptions and information resources are available online through our website, Several small, specialized print collections are also located at various sites throughout SDZG's multi-campus organization.

Services & Facilities

We assist San Diego Zoo Global team members with research projects, reference questions, and how to use our website and access our collections and subscriptions. Team members may request books and articles through the Library's website and online catalog, check out and renew books by email or phone, and receive/return books by interoffice mail.

SDZG staff and volunteers are welcome to browse the collections and use our facilities during open hours. We offer a reading/study area, four SDZG-networked computers, and a color printer/photocopier/scanner.

Library access and services are normally restricted to SDZG team members. We occasionally make an exception for academic scholars upon request, with a university affiliation, academic email address, and a brief description of their research.

Online Resources

Many of our resources and services are available on our website. Popular pages:

  • Library "How To" Guide — learn how to search our catalog, request and check out books, find and retrieve journal articles, improve your online search skills, and more
  • Catalog — search our collection: books, proceedings, reports, dissertations, seminars, DVDs
  • Journals — search our A-Z list of journals, with direct links to publications available online (onsite access; SDZG team members may contact us for offsite access)
  • Databases — search our subscription and open access databases for articles and information
  • Sperm Atlas — San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research sperm morphology database
  • Staff Publications — list of San Diego Zoo Global staff publications (PDFs available to staff)
  • Studbooks — breeding records (staff only; please request password)
  • Fact Sheets — detailed, fully referenced information about key animals at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, with photographs and a comprehensive bibliography
  • Historical Time Line — explore San Diego Zoo and Safari Park history
  • Research Guides — recommended websites, books, and journals on a variety of topics
  • New Books & DVDs — explore the latest additions to our collection (updated monthly)
  • Library News & Alert Services — keep up-to-date with our monthly library newsletter; sign up for email notification when new fact sheets are published.
  • Zoo & Conservation News — keep up-to-date with our weekly news summary (subscribe by email)

Information for new SDZG team members

Welcome! Our Information for New Team Members packet gives an overview of Library resources and services.


The San Diego Zoo Global Library Copyright Notice provides copyright and fair use guidelines and links to informative resources.

Library Staff


Beth Autin

Beth Autin, MLIS
Associate Director - Library Services
(760) 291-5479

Beth manages the SDZG Library's collections and provides library services.

Kathy Elliott

Kathy Elliott, MS, MLIS
Assistant Librarian
(760) 747-8702 x5736

Kathy manages the SDZG Library's website and provides library services.

Kate Jirik

Kate Jirik
Library Research Specialist
(760) 747-8702 x5735

Kate creates and maintains the SDZG Library's fact sheets.

Library Mission & Vision

San Diego Zoo Global Library

Our mission: The primary mission of the SDZG Library is to provide outstanding information resources and services to advance knowledge in animal care and conservation, inspire passion for nature, ignite personal responsibility, and strengthen our organization’s capacity to save species worldwide.

Our vision: We will empower San Diego Zoo Global to lead the fight against extinction by serving as the organization’s information hub and facilitating research of the highest quality.

Archives and Rare Book Room

Our mission: The Archives collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible the documentary heritage of our organization, providing historical context through which the record of San Diego Zoo Global’s commitment to saving species worldwide may be interpreted and preserved.

Our vision: We will preserve the legacy of San Diego Zoo Global’s lead role in the fight against extinction by documenting the distinctive stories that embody our organization’s rich history.

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