University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Missionary Collection

Images of the Missionary Collection

‌This collection is the library of the St Andrews University Missionary Society, presented in 1966. There are around 175 volumes, all 19th century. The Missionary Society was instituted in 1824 by students from the Faculty of Divinity, to promote and support the work of foreign missions. The Library also holds the Society's archives within the Muniment collection (UYUY911).

Finding aids

Supported by Revelation, records for the whole collection are available via the online catalogue. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix MSoc.


On the Society, see the Scottish Missionary and Philanthropic Register, 1826, pp107-110 (MSoc BV2355.S3).


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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.