University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Rare Books


Von Hugel Collection

Images of the Von Hugel Collection

‌The library of Baron Friedrich von Hügel (1852-1925), Hon. LLD St Andrews 1921, philosopher of religion was bequeathed to St Andrews and received in 1926. It contains around 5000 volumes and represents a working library of mainly 19th and 20th century works on philosophy, religion and history, related especially to mysticism and the Catholic Modernist Movement, and has occasional pencilled annotations in von Hügel's hand.

Finding aids

About 2/3 of the von Hügel collection is available via the online catalogue, and classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix Hüg. The rest of the collection may be located via the guardbook.


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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.