University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

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Rare books named collections

Named collections

Browse our list of named rare books collections the Division has acquired over the last 600 years.


What makes a book rare

What makes a book rare?

Would you like to know what characteristics make a book rare? Read and find out.



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

Collection development policy

Discover how the Special Collections Division makes decisions on the development of its rare book collections.

Current projects

Read about the exciting collection projects the Rare Books team is currently working on, and those that have recently been completed.