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.

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.

The interactive map gives directions to different buildings and view the AccessAble website for information about physical access to key University buildings.  

If you need a printer, check the locations in PC classrooms. 

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

This week's opening hours

Monday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 9am to 5pm)
Tuesday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 9am to 5pm)
Wednesday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 9am to 5pm)
Thursday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 9am to 5pm)
Friday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 9am to 5pm)
Saturday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 11am to 5pm)
Sunday
9am to 8.30pm, (Service Desk 11am to 5pm)

Don't forget

Please save your work and start to gather your belongings 15 minutes before the advertised closing time for the building. Staff will begin closing procedures at this time. 

These libraries can be found on South Street, St Mary’s Quadrangle.

Pick up Click and Collect items and talk to Library and IT staff for help and support in St Mary's College Library. Borrow and return items here either using the self-service machine or the outside book drop letterbox when the building is closed. 

Collections in the St Mary's and King James Libraries are available to browse and borrow.

Study space is available in the upstairs King James Library. 

    • 42 study spaces
    • Self-service borrowing and return
    • Click and collect  and Inter-Library Loan pick-up
    • Library and IT Service Desks
    • 1 print, copy, and scan machine
    • Individual desk lamps
    • Toilets
  • St Mary's College Library
    South Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9JU

  • King James Library

Martyrs Kirk, Thomson Reading Room

This week's opening hours

Monday
8am to 9pm
Tuesday
8am to 9pm
Wednesday
8am to 9pm
Thursday
8am to 9pm
Friday
8am to 9pm
Saturday
8am to 9pm
Sunday
8am to 9pm

Don't forget

Please save your work and start to gather your belongings 15 minutes before the advertised closing time for the building. Staff will begin closing procedures at this time. 

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

    • 40 study spaces
    • Print, copy and scan machines
    • Power sockets
    • Wifi
    • Toilets
  • Martyrs Kirk Research Library
    80 North Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9HH

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2331/2

    Email: library@st-andrews.ac.uk

  • Martyrs reading room with student wearing face covering

JF Allen Library

This week's opening hours

Monday
9am to 6pm
Tuesday
9am to 6pm
Wednesday
9am to 6pm
Thursday
9am to 6pm
Friday
9am to 6pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Don't forget

Bring a face covering (you must wear this at all times within the building, including when seated), your ID card and bottled water.

This Library is located upstairs in the Physics building on the North Haugh.

University staff and students can drop in to use a study space, and to browse and borrow the collections using the self-service machine. 

 

    • 70 study spaces
    • Self-service borrowing and return
    • 6 PCs
    • 2 study rooms
    • 1 print, copy, and scan machine
    • Power sockets
    • Wifi
  • School of Physics and Astronomy
    North Haugh
    St Andrews
    KY16 9SS

  • Students studying in JF Allen Library

Library at The Gateway

This week's opening hours

Monday
9am to 6pm
Tuesday
9am to 6pm
Wednesday
9am to 6pm
Thursday
9am to 6pm
Friday
9am to 6pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Don't forget

Bring a face covering (you must wear this at all times within the building), your ID card and bottled water.

Please be aware that this building is used for functions during the summer.

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 University staff and students can use this library as a study space.

 

    • 52 study spaces
    • 17 PCs
    • 1 print, copy, and scan machine
    • Power sockets
    • Wifi
    • Toilets
  • The Gateway
    North Haugh
    St Andrews
    KY16 9RJ

Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room

This week's opening hours

Monday
8am to 6pm
Tuesday
8am to 6pm
Wednesday
8am to 6pm
Thursday
8am to 6pm
Friday
8am to 6pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

This reading room is in the Chemistry building on the North Haugh.

    • Reference-only books and journals
    • Photocopying facilities
  • Purdie Building
    North Haugh
    St Andrews
    KY16 9TR

  • Entrance to Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room

Walter Bower House Library

This week's opening hours

Monday
9am to 5pm
Tuesday
9am to 5pm
Wednesday
9am to 5pm
Thursday
9am to 5pm
Friday
9am to 5pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Don't forget

Please save your work and start to gather your belongings 15 minutes before the advertised closing time for the building. Staff will begin closing procedures at this time. 

The Walter Bower House Library is located within Eden Campus, Guardbridge.

All University students and staff can use this space. Email library@st-andrews.ac.uk if you would like a tour.

    • 10 study spaces
    • Print, copy and scan machine
    • Self-service borrow and return machines
    • DVD viewing station
    • Power sockets
    • Wifi
  • Walter Bower House
    Eden Campus
    Guardbridge

    Email: library@st-andrews.ac.uk

  • A row of desks and seating is shown in front of shelving.

Main Library

This week's opening hours

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

The Main Library is now closed, to reopen in September 2022. See our dedicated webpage to find out about alternative access arrangements and support.

  • University staff and students can browse and borrow the collections using the self-service machines. 

    • 780 drop in study spaces
    • 70 study spaces available for pre-booking
    • 12 search PCs
    • 15 print, copy and scan machines
    • 1 print credit top-up machine
    • Self-service borrow and return machines
    • Wifi
    • Toilets
    • Café
  • University of St Andrews Library
    North Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9TR

    Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2331/2

    Email: library@st-andrews.ac.uk

     
  • Student sitting at desks in Main Library social distancing and wearing masks

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.