University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Research and enquiries



The provision of new overhead digital scanning equipment has enabled us to improve our copying service. We're able to copy most books and manuscripts up to A2 size, using digital equipment, providing a range of copy qualities and either in paper or electronic format. Items we can't copy in-house may still be copied by other means, but prices and timescales will be individually quoted. If you have a specific request please complete our scanning request form.

Researchers are not permitted to make personal copies of rare books or manuscripts, except by digital photography where prior permission has been obtained. Please complete our photography request form for permission to take digital photographs in the reading room.

All copying is undertaken at the discretion of the Head of Special Collections and is subject to restrictions imposed by copyright, donor agreements, and physical condition.


Our basic charge for standard black and white copying is 30p per page (A4 or A3).

A variety of format and delivery options are available. For a full list of charges see Copying charges (Word, 72 KB) (Word, 72 KB)

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.