Find and Request Library Materials
Search the Library Catalog
Online Catalog. Our catalog is your gateway to the SDZG Library's books, videos, reports, dissertations, proceedings, etc. It is searchable by Key Word, Title, Author, or Subject. You can also get there by clicking the GO TO CATALOG button on our home page.
Step-by-Step Instructions. This PDF walks you through how to find items in our Catalog, view detailed records, and request items.
Search on a topic. Subject terms are assigned to all our books by the librarians. They cover major topics, taxonomic divisions, and geographic locations. Go to the Catalog, enter one or more terms from our Thesaurus (Subject Terms List) in the search box, select Subject in the box on the left, then run the search. Just a heads-up: you must use only the terms on this list -- if you can't find what you want, try the closest alternative or search by All Words instead.
Find DVDs. Go to the Catalog, type DVD in the search box, and run an "All Words" search (default). To focus your search, add other terms to the search box (e.g., DVD elephants conservation). The results will show all materials on DVD, including documentaries and recorded seminars (see below).
Find seminar recordings. The Library circulates recordings of presentations given during a summer seminar series at the Institute for Conservation Research. Go to the Catalog, type ICR SEMINAR SERIES in the search box, and run an "All Words" search (default). To focus your search, add other terms to the search box (e.g., ICR SEMINAR SERIES condors).
Browse the Stacks
The Library is in the Beckman Center, next to the Safari Park. SDZG staff and volunteers are welcome to visit. We are typically open M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, but it's best to call first. A current employee or volunteer ID is required to enter the Beckman Center. The Library is not open to the general public.
Books are arranged by call number, according to main topic. Are you looking for a specific item? We'll show you how to find its call number in the catalog, then locate it in the stacks or DVD rack. Would you like to see what's available on a general topic? We can direct you to the right section of the stacks.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Can't find what you want in our catalog? We may be able to borrow it for you from another library, via interlibrary loan.
Check Out, Renew, Return
Who May Borrow
SDZG staff. All staff are welcome to borrow circulating library materials and use our services.
SDZG volunteers. Approved volunteers may borrow library materials on a supervisor's account. We can help you contact a volunteer supervisor for approval -- just send us an email and we'll get you started.
Not staff or volunteer? Unfortunately, we are a small private library and are unable to provide public access to our collections. We occasionally make an exception for an academic researcher or an individual affiliated with an AZA- or WAZA-accredited zoo. If this describes you, please email a request with a summary of your affiliation and research interests.
How to Create a Library Account (Staff)
Please submit a request by email or phone (x5736), or visit us at the Library. We'll need the following:
- Employee ID number
- Location and department
- Email address (Groupwise or personal)
How to Check Out & Return Books
At the Library. Check out, renew, and return books at the Library in the Beckman Center, M-F 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. You'll need a library account (see above).
By phone, email, and inter-office mail. We're happy to send library materials to you via inter-office mail, and you can return them in the same way. To check out or renew, just submit a request by email or call us (760-747-8702 x5736). Please provide call number, author, and title. If you don't yet have a library account, please include that information as well (see above).
Checkout and Renewal Policies
Checkouts. Items in our circulating collection may be checked out for 4 weeks. There is no limit on the number of items that one person can check out.
Renewals. You may renew for another 4 weeks as often as you wish, if no one else has requested the item.