University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


McIntosh Collection

Images of the McIntosh Collection

Described in 1931 as the bequest of Professor William Carmichael McIntosh, this is a large collection of works on natural history, including important works on marine biology. Much of this collection was added to the main library general collections in the 20th century. The current collection includes only 19 physical volumes of publications by the Royal Scottish Arboricultural Society and the Scottish Arboricultural Society.

Finding aids

Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix McI and can be found on the online catalogue here.


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.