University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Mackenzie Collection

Images of the Mackenzie Collection

The library of Rev. Robert Dunbar Mackenzie D.D. (1863-1939), minister at Kilbarchan and alumnus of the University, presented by him in 1933. It is a large general collection of around 1200 volumes, with a preponderance of theological and classical items. There is one incunabulum (Goff O-12), 2 pre-1701, 24 pre-1801 items and the rest are 19th and 20th century.

Finding aids

Supported by Revelation, the collection has been partly catalogued and is accessible here via the online catalogue. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix McK.


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.