Coronavirus information and guidance

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.

    • 1138 study spaces
    • 4 group study rooms
    • 150 PCs
    • 12 Search PCs
    • 15 print, copy and scan machines
    • 1 print credit top-up machine
    • 1 microform reader
    • 160 lockers
    • Assistive technology room
    • Collaboration Space with whiteboards
    • Self-service borrow and return machines
    • 2 DVD players
    • 1 Blu-Ray player
    • 1 VHS player
    • Café
    • Microwave facilities
    • Hot water on every level
  • University of St Andrews Library
    North Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9TR

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

    Email: library@st-andrews.ac.uk

  • Main Library St Andrews

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.

    • 57 study spaces
    • 6 PCs
    • 1 search PC
    • 2 print, copy, and scan machines
    • Individual desk lamps
  • St Mary's College Library
    South Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9JU

  • Students studying in St Marys Library

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.

    • 77 study spaces
    • 2 Group Study Rooms
    • 7 PCs
    • 1 search PC
    • 2 print, copy, and scan machines
    • Self service borrow and return machine
    • Individual desk lamps
  • 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
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.

    • 96 study spaces
    • 36 PCs
    • 2 print, copy, and scan machines
  • The Gateway
    North Haugh
    St Andrews
    KY16 9RJ

  • Students studying in the library at the gateway

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.

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

  • Entrance to Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room

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.

    • 40 study desks with power
    • 3 PCs
    • 1 print, copy and scan machine
    • Individual heaters and lights
    • Lockers are available to rent
  • Martyrs Kirk Research Library
    80 North Street
    St Andrews
    KY16 9HH

  • Martyrs Kirk St Andrews

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.