Frequently Asked Questions

Is the WCS Library & Archives open to the public?

The Library & Archives is currently open to researchers by appointment.

May I borrow something from your Library collection?

Although our Library collections do not directly circulate to the public, we do loan out many WCS Library books and other resources through interlibrary loan. Please contact your library to coordinate your request. How do I find out what the Archives holds?
The Archives is the institutional repository for the records of the Wildlife Conservation Society, which began in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society. Finding aids are available for many of our processed collections. Please consult Archives > Collections for more information.

Do you hold the records related to the history of the Central Park Zoo?

WCS began managing the City Zoos (Central Park, Queens, and Prospect Park) in the 1980s. Records from the City Zoos created prior to WCS's management are held by the NYC Municipal Archives.

I'd like to visit the Archives. How may I do this?

At this time, the Archives is open to researchers by appointment. Please consult Archives > Research Use for information on applying to research in the WCS Archives.

I've come across something that I'd like to give to the Library & Archives. Do you accept donations?

We are always pleased to learn more about items that may enhance our Library & Archives collections. Please consult the Support the Library & Archives page for more information.

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Contact Information
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