Library spaces

Everyone studies and prefers to work in different ways, which is why the Library provides a number of spaces across the University to offer a range of environments in different locations.

Choose from busy social areas in modern buildings or smaller more peaceful spots in characterful historic buildings. Check below for information about the opening times for each of the library spaces, where you can find them, what facilities are available and for photographs of each of the locations.  

Main Library

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

All students are welcome to study in this space.

St Mary’s College Library, incorporating the King James Library

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

These libraries can be found on South Street, St Mary’s Quadrangle.
All students are welcome to study in both these spaces.

JF Allen Library

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

This Library is upstairs in the Physics building on the North Haugh.
All students are welcome to study in this space.

Library at The Gateway

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Library at The Gateway is the basement-level of the large round building on the North Haugh which also houses the School of Management.
All students are welcome to study in this space.

Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

This reading room is in the Chemistry building on the North Haugh.
All students are welcome to study in this space.

Martyrs Kirk, Thomson Reading Room

This week's opening hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
Closed
Thursday
Closed
Friday
Closed
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Postgraduate students, including taught postgraduates, and University staff can use this space.

Centuries of enlightenment

The history of the University of St Andrews Library begins with Scotland’s oldest reading room, the King James Library. Read about how Royal gifts founded this library and the ways that the collections have grown, together with some of the significant figures who have visited and used this “elegant and luminous” place.