University of St Andrews Library

Contact details

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About the library

The Library at the University of St Andrews dates back to the early 17th Century, but has been collecting books for around 600 years. The General Collections hold more than one million volumes, a large e-book collection, thousands of print and electronic journals, academic databases and an extensive DVD collection which includes rare films and documentaries. The Special Collections house approximately 210,000 rare printed books, particularly strong in theology, classics, history, and English and Scottish literature. It also includes the University’s extensive manuscript and photographic collections and the University archives, which date from the early fifteenth century. From 1710 to 1837 the Library was entitled to a copy of every book printed in Britain under the Copyright Deposit Act, as a result it is particularly strong in 18th century material.

The local library catalogues are available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • University of St Andrews Library: G2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of St Andrews's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


University of St Andrews data on Copac

Example record from the University of St Andrews Library:

Title: Margarita poetica : op[us] clarissimu[m] feliciter incipit, et primo p[er]mittitur epistolaris prologus.[By: Eyb, Albrecht von 1420-1475.]
  Published: [Strasbourg : Printer of the 1483 Vitas Patrum ca. 1483-4]

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.