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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the research project and affiliated school or organization.
Using the Library
- Information for SDZWA team members
Our Information for SDZWA Team Members packet gives an overview of Library resources and services
- Library “How To” Guide
Learn how to search for and request books and articles, download PDFs, research a topic, sharpen your search skills, and more
The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance Library Copyright Notice provides copyright and fair use guidelines and links to informative resources.
Browse or search our catalog; request books, proceedings, reports, dissertations, seminars, and DVDs
Search by journal title and within a journal (SDZWA team members only; contact us if working offsite)
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
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).
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
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.
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
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.
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.