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Rare Book Room

Rare Book Room

The San Diego Zoo Global Library's Rare Book Room includes a rich, specialized collection of 19th and 20th century publications related to various subtopics of zoology, botany, ecology, natural history, and the history of zoological gardens. Many volumes came to be in the collection through donation by zoo directors, curators, scientists, and other supporters interested in developing the zoo's research sources. As a whole, the collection attests to the development of biological disciplines and their application over time in the zoo environment.

Access Information

Most items in the SDZG Library's Rare Book Collection are listed in our online catalog:

Use the "All Words" search option. Include the phrase "Rare Book Room" with your other search terms. For more guidance, see our Library "How To" Guide.

Materials in the Rare Book Room cannot be taken out of the Library. They may be viewed at the Library by San Diego Zoo Global employees. Access requests from outside researchers will be assessed on an individual basis.

Selected items are digitized and available online at the San Diego Zoo Global Library & Archives — Internet Archive


Please direct archival research and donation inquiries to, phone: (760) 291-5479