University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

About us

How to find us

How to find us

The Special Collections Napier Reading Room is located within the Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk (formerly Martyrs Church) on North Street.

Directions from A91

Follow road signs towards St Andrews on the A91. On the outskirts of St Andrews, where the Old Course Hotel is situated on the left, take the second exit at the first roundabout, and the first exit at the second roundabout. Continue on road, past the Cinema on the left. Martyrs Kirk is directly opposite St Salvator's Chapel.


There is meter parking on North Street, Market Street and South Street.

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Discover our collections

Learn about the treasures of the Special Collections Division contained in Rare Books, the Archives and the Photographic Collection.

Research enquiry?

If you need assistance with research, have a query about our collections, or would like to know about researching your family history please ask for our help.

Do you need reproductions?

Find out how you can get copies of books, manuscripts or photographs held within Special Collections.