News and events
Wednesday 24 April 2013
We've installed new QUIET signs in the stairways and included a series of quotes to show what you've been telling us.
We are not asking you to stop talking or using your phones on the stairs, but just to make sure you respect other Library users and talk quietly.
Thursday 14 March 2013
Thank you for voting and telling us when you would like to see a return of Library 24/7 opening.
The clear winner was: second week of revision and first week of exams.
Watch this space for further news!
Tuesday 19 February 2013
Have you noticed that we've added over 28,700 e-book titles to SAULCAT, this week?
We're running a bit of an experiment - a new type of trial to assess which additional e-books you might be interested in having access to.
Tuesday 04 December 2012
Message of thanks from Book Aid International:
Thank you for your generosity! The University of St Andrews Library raised £487.90 for Book Aid International by donating all library fines paid on 29th November 2012! That money will soon be translated into books and library services for people who currently have little access to either. And books really do change people’s lives in the communities where we work (as they do here in the UK); so your generosity will make a real and lasting difference to many people. Thank you!
Wednesday 17 October 2012
The latest version of Adobe Reader 11 is not compatible with the file open plug-in required for opening Inter-Library Loan requests sent through the British Library.
We recommend not updating to the latest version (11) until this matter is resolved. Anyone who has updated to the latest version and needs assistance opening their documents can contact the IT helpdesk: email: email@example.com call: 01334 463333.
Monday 02 July 2012
You can now access Sciences and Social Sciences Journal Citation Report data for 2011.
The Journal Citation Report is a unique research tool which provides a systematic, objective means to critically evaluate and compare the world's leading journals, by tabulating and aggregating citation and article count data, back to 2005. Covers 10,000+ scholarly and technical journals from over 3,300 international publishers, in science, technology, and social sciences.
To access this information go to Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports or from the online databases A-Z page go to Journals Citation Reports (JCR): Science and Social Sciences. If you are off campus, select University of St Andrews from the list of subscribers and then login with your University username and password.
Wednesday 23 May 2012
We value your feedback! On our feedback cards we offer you the opportunity to enter a prize draw and we are very happy to announce that Bonnie Atanasova, 3rd year Undergraduate Neuroscience student, is the lucky winner this time. Bonnie has won an iPod touch!
Thursday 17 May 2012
We are very pleased to announce the winner of the "It's Your Library" survey prize draw to be International Relations student, Jenni Muttonen. Ewan McCubbin has presented Jenni with her £100 worth of Amazon vouchers.
Wednesday 16 May 2012
The "It's Your Library" survey has now closed and we have gathered together the initial results. The survey had a high number of respondents with 1,340 people giving their time to tell us what they think about the Library! Read on for a breakdown of the initial findings.
Tuesday 15 May 2012
Following the successful completion of the first phase of the Main Library redevelopment project in summer 2011, which focussed on delivering improvements to levels 1 and 2, the Library will shortly embark on the second phase of redevelopment work.
This work will mean that from 21st May onwards there will be significant moves of furniture, electronic equipment and shelving out of and around the Library building so Library users should exercise caution when accessing levels 3 and 4. We apologise for this inconvenience but hope you will agree that this short term disruption is necessary for the long term improvement of the Library.
Should we ban coffee from the Library? Tell us what you think and you could win £100 of Amazon vouchers.
Monday 09 April 2012
Today see’s the launch of our Library environment survey. Do you agree with the view that coffee shouldn’t be allowed in the Library or do you love being able to bring in your latte? Is it too noisy for you on Level 2 or do you like the buzz? Have we got enough silent space or should we change things? Mobile phones – should you be allowed to use them in the stairwell or do people talking on the stairs annoy you?
We know that noise, eating and drinking in the Library are things that people really care about. We’ve had a whole semester of the part-refurbished Library so it seems like a good time to as you what you think.
In return, we promise to listen to what people say and think about how we can make improvements. We also promise – if you give us your details – to enter you into a prize draw to win £100 of Amazon vouchers.
So now’s your chance – have your say and put your money (and not just your coffee) where your mouth is.
Survey available at www.survey.bris.ac.uk/standrews/librarysurvey
Wednesday 01 February 2012
As part of preparations for the second phase of its redevelopment, due to commence this coming summer, the Library is undertaking a stock reorganisation on its upper two floors.
Between February and May 2012 all journal stock will be relocated to level 4 and all books will be relocated to level 3 (with the exception of Art History, Photography and the Iranian collection which will remain on level 4)...
Wednesday 14 December 2011
The Library has decided to adopt a system of annually supporting one charity event which is University-specific and one external charity more related to the work of libraries.
We will select a day in Semester 1 where all Library fines collected will be donated to Book Aid International. A second date will be chosen for Semester 2 and fines collected on that day will be donated to RAG Week:
Friday 25 November 2011
The Higher Education library community wants to provide the best possible service to students, researchers and staff who, for all sorts of reasons, want to use other academic and specialist libraries.
SCONUL (Society of College National & University Libraries, of which St Andrews is a member) are looking for help us develop the services and access you need by running a short online survey until December 9th - it should take 5-6 minutes...
Wednesday 09 November 2011
The Main Library access control gates will soon be switched on. This will mean that all staff, students and other library members will be required to bring their staff, student or library card with them each time they visit the Main Library....
Monday 07 November 2011
The Library's Department of Special Collections will be closed on Tuesday, 8 and Wednesday 9 November to allow for staff training. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Thursday 06 October 2011
First year student Lucy Payne enjoyed a lucky start to her studies here in St Andrews.
Thursday 29 September 2011
The Library is holding an official launch event to mark the reopening of our refurbished building. A number of guests have been invited and we will therefore be closing off the south west corner of the building to users between 3pm and 6pm.
This is the open study space in the far corner behind the short loans area.
We apologise to users for any inconvenience that this brief restriction will cause.
Wednesday 28 September 2011
Study Carrels for PhD students will be made available from 2pm this afternoon (Wednesday 28th September). Please come to the Helpdesk in the Main Library. Carrels will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Monday 26 September 2011
The Library will open at 10.00 on Tuesday, 27 September to allow for a full building inspection to be carried out.
We apologise for any inconvenience this later opening will cause.
Friday 16 September 2011
We need to carry out some essential maintenance to the Library Catalogue Server on Saturday 17th September which will mean the Library Catalogue, SAULCAT, will be unavailable from 08:00-10:00.
Friday 16 September 2011
Although the Main Library does not reopen until Monday September 26th, we're holding induction sessions for new students throughout Orientation Week. Please come along and learn about the Library and our wide variety of services and resources!
Monday 12 September 2011
Following the closure of the Main Library building in May this year, the Library is delighted to announce that the building will reopen at the start of the new semester, Monday 26th September at 8am.
Over the course of the last 16 weeks a complete renovation of level 2, the entrance level of the library, has been accomplished, effecting a ‘fast-forward’ from a 1970s academic library building to one which provides state-of-the-art facilities.
Some of the new features on level 2 include:
Friday 09 September 2011
Access problems with JSTOR, Web of Knowledge, Nexis and Oxford have now all been resolved. For further information on accessing e-resources from off campus please read the entry in our blog.
Wednesday 07 September 2011
Following a summer of feverish activity in the Main Library, the first phase of the redevelopment is now drawing to a close. The project is currently on schedule, and the building is due to be handed back to the University on Friday 16th September.....
Monday 01 August 2011
We’re delighted to announce that, as of the new semester in September, the Main University Library will be extending its opening hours as follows:
Wednesday 27 July 2011
A reminder that all ATHENS accounts (for off-campus access to many of the Library’s online databases) will be phased out by the end of July 2011.
From 1 August 2011, you will use your University Username and Password (the same as you would use to access your University e-mail), for off-campus access to those databases which formerly used ATHENS ...
Thursday 14 July 2011
The Library redevelopment is progressing, with the latest photographs available at the redevelopment blog. Over the summer our service is being run from St Mary's College Library, off South Street. Here is a reminder on how to use the book recall service.
Wednesday 22 June 2011
We are delighted to announce that, following the relocation of the Library’s Department of Special Collections to its temporary home on the North Haugh, we will re-open for personal research with effect from 27 June 2011. Reader space is very limited in our new facilities, and it is therefore important to note that access to the Reading Room will be strictly by appointment only....
Monday 20 June 2011
The issues with the library server upgrade have now been resolved. SAULCAT is now available to users and recalls of library stock can continue. Once again the Library apologises for the inconvenience this downtime has caused.
Friday 17 June 2011
We are still experiencing technical issues from our server upgrade earlier this week. At the moment users are still unable to:
- access SAULCAT
- borrow items from St Mary’s Library or J F Allen Library
- recall items from the catalogue
- renew items checked out
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible and we apologise for any inconvenience these issues may cause.
Monday 13 June 2011
Owing to a necessary hardware upgrade the Library will have to shut down its existing systems server from 4pm Wednesday 15th June, and anticipate that the new server will be back online by 1pm on Thursday 16th June.
Whilst the St Mary’s and outlying libraries will remain open during this period, to allow access to study space, the upgrade will affect library services. From 4pm on Wednesday 15th June users will be unable to:
- access SAULCAT
- borrow items from St Mary’s Library or J F Allen Library
- recall items from the catalogue
- renew items checked out
The Library apologises for any inconvenience caused by this unavoidable upgrade.
Monday 16 May 2011
A St Andrews student has turned her own good fortune in winning an iPod Touch into a means of sending more books to schools in Africa.
Thursday 12 May 2011
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Reference collection will not be accessible to browse until Tuesday 17th May at 9am. The Library apologises for any inconvenience caused.
Monday 02 May 2011
The Main Library will be extending opening hours on Friday and Saturday evenings to midnight for the revision and examination period starting from Friday, 6 May.
The Main Library will officially close for redevelopment at 14.00 on Wednesday, 25 May. The Service Desk will transfer to St Mary's Library from 14.00 that afternoon and will be available from 09.00-19.00 from Monday-Friday. Full details can be found on the Library redevelopment blog.
Tuesday 26 April 2011
On Friday, 29 April and Monday, 2 May the Main Library will be operating normal opening hours. Short Loan items borrowed for the weekend will still be due for return first thing on Monday, 2 May.
Wednesday 13 April 2011
On level 2 of the Main Library are samples of furniture, near the reference shelves, that have been delivered to us for our users to trial and leave comments about. This is furniture that may be purchased for the refurbished levels 2, 3 and 4...
Wednesday 23 March 2011
Thanks to everyone who supported Comic Relief on Friday, 18 March. The total funds raised from the donation of Library fines for the day was £324.93!
Thursday 17 March 2011
The Library is delighted to once again support Comic Relief by donating all overdue fines received on Friday, 18 March. So be charitable, wear your red nose and bring your overdue Library loans back on the day.
Friday 04 March 2011
The Library will be hitting the road, week commencing 7th March 2011, visiting the Student Union, the Gateway and the Main Library to publicise information about the library service during the summer, and to answer any questions students may have...
Thursday 03 March 2011
Over the next few weeks the boxes of periodicals on level 2 will gradually be integrated with their bound counterparts on Levels 3 & 4 of the Main Library. This is being done to aid the clearance of Level 2 prior to the redevelopment work starting in the summer.
For all volumes currently at the bindery, readers should be asked to request a free ILL. If anyone has any queries please come and talk to Periodicals staff.
Wednesday 23 February 2011
We had a great response to our campaign on Thursday, February 17th for RAG Week when Library users were encouraged to donate their fines to the nominated charities. A grand total of £1,013.28 was raised.
Sarah Nelson, RAG Week Officer said:
Friday 18 February 2011
As part of the Library Redevelopment project, essential electrical work needs to take place over the next 2 weekends. As such, the following alterations to opening hours will apply:
Thursday 17 February 2011
The Library is delighted to support RAG Week by donating all overdue fines received today, Thursday February 17th, to this year’s campaign. So be charitable and bring your overdue Library loans back today!
Tuesday 08 February 2011
A student had their laptop, backpack and other valuables stolen from the Main Library last night. We would ask all Library users to please be vigilant and avoid leaving their possessions unattended at any time. Thank you.
Thursday 03 February 2011
We are delighted to announce that our new University Librarian and Director of Library Services, John MacColl, takes up his post on Monday 7 February.
Thursday 20 January 2011
To effect the move of the totality of the collections, including the most rare and fragile materials, by the end of May deadline, the service to readers offered by the Special Collections Department will have to cease from the beginning of the Second Semester 2010-2011 (7 February 2011)....
Wednesday 19 January 2011
The Main Library opening hours for Inter-Semester Break are as follows:
Thursday 19 January 2012
The Library is pleased to publish its Annual Report for 2010-11. Read about notable new print and electronic acquisitions, progress with the Redevelopment project, events and staff activities over the past year.