University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Support us

Support us

How you can support us

There are many ways you can support the Special Collections Division:

Become a Friend of the Library

Friends of the Library newsletters

Membership is open to anyone interested in the University of St Andrews Library and costs £40.00 per year (August 1 - July 31).

Membership of the Friends brings you:

  • The opportunity to participate in an annual programme of events such as lectures, visits and "treasure tours" of Special Collections.

  • A newsletter containing details of recent purchases made possible by the Friends, announcements and reports on Friends' activities, and news about the Library generally.

  • The chance to contribute to the improvement and status of the Library and its collections.

  • Half-price Admitted Reader membership of the Library (£15.00 annual membership, £60.00 life membership)

For more information visit the Friends of the Library.


Contribute to fundraising

You can contribute to our fundraising project to enable us to do what we do even better, in greatly improved facilities and to an even more diverse audience. If you wish your donation to be used specifically to support the work and projects undertaken by the Special Collections Division please declare this in the appropriate place on the online forms.

If you wish to donate material to the Special Collections Division please visit our donations page for more information.

Purchase our publications


The Special Collections Division, and the wider Library, periodically produces publications relating to our unique and rare collections. Our most recent publication is 600 Years of Book Collecting, a six-part magazine released throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, celebrates the foundation of the University through its prized asset – books. We have also produced a wonderfully illustrated, full colour volume, Treasures of St Andrews University Library, which highlights 50 selected items across the spectrum of our collections, including rare books, photographs and manuscripts.

These publications are available for purchase through the University's online shop.





Other ways you can help

  • You can give of your time through joining our volunteering programme

  • You can read our blogs and other social media sites and keep in touch with what we are doing

  • You can buy us cake to keep our spirits up!