University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books

Librarian's Collection

Images of the Librarian's Collection

A collection of books relating to bibliography, history of handwriting, printing etc, including many private press books. It was developed by the Library during the present century and is added to from time to time.

Finding aids

About a portion of the collection can be found via the online catalogue, the rest is only available through the guard-book catalogue. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix Lib.


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.