University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

About us

Opening hours

Special Collections is open to the general public as well as University students and members of staff. All visitors are asked to register for free as a Special Collections reader on your first visit, and to follow our Reading Room rules.

The Special Collections Napier Reading Room is open Monday to Friday, 09.30 - 16.30.

Access to Special Collections is by appointment only, and material must be ordered in advance. To arrange an appointment, please either complete our booking form, email us at or call 01334 467380.

For travel directions please see our How to find us page.

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.