University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Mount Melville Collection

Images of the Mount Melville Collection

Presented in 2007 by Mrs Mary Mackay, the granddaughter of Dr James Younger of Mount Melville, the collection comprises over 370 items and includes books, printed government papers, selected volumes of journals and maps. There are also some newspaper cuttings, photographs and ephemera, such as railway timetables. The entire collection relates to the Middle East and Central and South Asia, and is primarily 18th and 19th century with a few 20th century items.

Finding aids

The collection is yet to be catalogued and classified, but can be accessed by contacting the Division. A printed handlist is available.


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.