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The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library provides information services and resources for San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance staff and volunteers. Our Archives & Rare Book Room preserves a wide variety of materials documenting our history, plus a specialized collection of 19th and 20th century publications related to various biological sciences and the history of zoological gardens. We are located in the Beckman Center next to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, overlooking beautiful San Pasqual Valley.

Open for team members Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. **Occasionally closed. Email us to confirm our hours, if planning an onsite visit.
15600 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027
(760) 747-8702 x5736

Our Team

Associate Director

Kelley Woolley

Associate Director
Library Research Specialist

Kate Jirik

Library Research Specialist

Services & Facilities

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance team members may request books and articles through the Library’s website, check out/renew books by email or phone, and receive/return books by interoffice mail. We teach team members how to access our collections and journal subscriptions and navigate our website. We also provide reference and literature research services. 

Team members are welcome to use our facilities during open hours. We offer a reading/study area, four SDZWA-networked computers, and a color printer/copier/scanner.

Library access and services are normally restricted to SDZWA team members. Scholars requesting access to our specialized collection may email with a brief description of the research project and affiliated school or organization.


Using the Library


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

Online Resources

  • Catalog
    Browse or search our catalog; request books, proceedings, reports, dissertations, seminars, and DVDs
  • Journals
    Search by journal title and within a journal (SDZWA team members only; contact us if working offsite)
  • Databases
    Search subscription and open-access databases for articles and information
  • Animal Fact Sheets
    Explore detailed, fully referenced information guides to 130+ animal species at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, including taxonomy, distribution, physical characteristics, behavior, diet, reproduction, managed care, conservation, and a comprehensive bibliography
  • Research Guides
    Browse librarian-recommended websites, books, and journals on a variety of topics
  • New Books & DVDs
    Explore the latest additions to our collection
  • Library News & Alerts
    Receive SDZWA Library news and tips in a monthly email, and alerts when new Animal Fact Sheets publish
  • Zoo & Conservation News
    Keep up-to-date on zoo, aquarium, wildlife, plant, ecology, and conservation news with a weekly email that links to relevant stories
  • SDZWA History Time Line
    Explore San Diego Zoo and Safari Park history
  • Sperm Atlas
    Browse a unique sperm morphology database from the Reproductive Sciences team, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
  • Studbooks
    Browse our collection of species breeding records (SDZWA staff only; please request password)
  • Staff Publications
    Search for scientific publications by Zoo, Safari Park, and Conservation Research staff

FAQ : Frequently Asked Questions

Library Hours & Location

Who can use the SDZWA Library?
We are a private library, open to San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance staff, volunteers, and affiliates. Researchers associated with an accredited academic institution or conservation organization may request access. (Note – Due to Covid-19, physical access is currently limited to SDZWA team members.) Our website is open to the public, but the Library’s electronic subscriptions and databases are restricted to staff, volunteers, and affiliates.

Where is the Library?
We’re located on the 2nd floor of the Beckman Center, next door to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, CA.

When is the Library open?
Our standard hours are M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  (Note- We are currently open on a limited basis. Please email for hours.) We occasionally close for a meeting, so please call in advance to confirm (760-747-8702 x5736).

Library Website

Who can use the SDZWA Library website? Can I access it from my home computer?
The Library’s website is publicly available on any computer. Certain databases and journal subscriptions are limited to staff use. Access to those is automatically available on any SDZWA networked computer. For offsite staff access, please contact us.

What do I do if I find a broken link on your site?
Please contact us .We want to keep our links current — your help is much appreciated!

What do I do if one of your webpages is not loading properly, or the content is misaligned?
Try updating your browser. If that doesn’t fix the problem, please contact us.

Mission & Vision

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

We will 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.

Archives & Rare Book Room

Our Vision

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

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 Wildlife Alliance’s commitment to saving species worldwide may be interpreted and preserved.