University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Research and enquiries


Teaching within the University

Teaching within the University

One of the key elements in our mission is to have our materials used in the teaching offered by the University. So we're delighted to be able to teach directly ourselves using our materials and our specialist skills, as well as enabling our academic colleagues to embed original resources at the heart of their own teaching.

Original materials are not just illustrative, but can be the very source and focus of teaching. Whether it is a first edition of a poet’s most important work, a photograph from the earliest days of photography or a manuscript account of an experiment, the primary sources can be interpreted and re-interpreted by today’s scholars, bringing today’s questions to bear in a new and dynamic way.

Our staff offer classes in bibliography, palaeography and book history. We teach codicology, manuscript studies and the history of photography. We equip students with manual handling skills and advice on how to get the best out of visits to other archives and special collections libraries. We also support the exhibitions mounted by the students on the Museums and Galleries course.

We have excellent links to particular academics in a number of Schools throughout the University who regularly use our materials or our staff as part of their teaching. These range across the Schools of History and English, through Modern Languages, Classics, Divinity and Art History as well as Biology. We are developing links with Computer Science and would love to expand our subject base further.

If you'd like to know more about our collection strengths or have found something in our catalogues that you'd like us to bring to class, we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like to arrange classes using Special Collections materials, please see our Terms and Conditions for classes using Special Collections materials (Word, 18 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.