The Library and Teacher Resource Center houses a diverse array of materials for use in the classroom. Teachers in the St. Louis metropolitan area have access to videos, DVDs, curriculum guides, activity books, and kits. All materials are available for loan free of charge.


Enhance your classroom experience with Zoocases, hands-on kits filled with a host of engaging objects, information, and fun activities. Each Zoocase is devoted to an animal- or ecology-related topic. These popular kits -- most of which were developed by the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department staff -- are available for a two-week loan throughout the year, on a reservation basis. Choose from a wide variety of topics:

  • African Folktales
  • Amphibian Alert
  • Animals of Asia
  • Arctic Wildlife
  • Arthropods
  • Australian Animals
  • Backyard Wildlife
  • Bats and Cave Ecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Birds
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Deserts
  • Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals
  • Evolution
  • Food Chains and Webs
  • Insects
  • Islands
  • Mammals
  • Milkweeds for Monarchs
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • North American Wildlife
  • Ocean Life
  • Penguins
  • Pets and Their Wild Relatives
  • Pollinators
  • Primates
  • Rain Forests
  • Reptiles and Amphibians
  • Rivers and Wetlands
  • Seals and Sea Lions
  • This Place is a Zoo!
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • ZOOmagination-To-Go: Be a Nature Detective
  • ZOOmagination-To-Go: Caring for Zoo Animals
For more detailed information on all of our loan materials, please see Materials Available for Loan. Also, check out our field trip Exploration Guides and Scavenger Hunts.

Reference Volumes

In addition to our loan materials, the Zoo's Library and Teacher Resource Center houses a collection of more than 5,000 books and periodicals on conservation and zoology. View our collection through the Zoo's online library catalog.

The Library and Teacher Resource Center will be closed until further notice.  Reservations are not being accepted at this time.