University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Research and enquiries

Opening hours

Our Reading Room in the Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk is open Monday to Thursday 9.30-4.30. Rare books and archives must be ordered in advance so it is necessary to book an appointment to view these.

To make an appointment please either complete our online booking form, email us on or phone 01334 467380

Behind the scenes

Curious to know about the work that goes on behind the Reading Room reception desk? Discover what the Reader Services team do behind the scenes.


Do you have an interest in photography, archives or rare books? Would you like to get involved with Special Collections? If so learn how you can participate through our volunteering programme.

Special Collections for Groups

Learn about how we share our treasured collections with specialist groups and schools and how we use materials for teaching within the University.

Research enquiry?

If you need assistance with research, have a query about our collections, or would like to know about researching your family history please ask for our help.

Do you need reproductions?

Find out how you can get copies of books, manuscripts or photographs held within Special Collections.