University of St Andrews Library
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About the library
The Library at St Andrews dates back to the early 17th Century and over the years we have collected over one million volumes to support teaching, learning and research. Although still print-based, the balance of the collection has switched to electronic books, journals and datasets to enable easier internet access to these resources. The University Library also contains approximately 100,000 volumes of rare and older books, acquired by purchase and gift, since its foundation in the 15th century. From 1710 to 1837 the Library was entitled to a copy of every book printed in Britain under the Copyright Deposit Act, as a result of which it is particularly strong in 18th century material. The main subject areas of Special Collections are theology, classics, history, English and Scottish literature, philosophy, science and medicine and there are over 40 named individual collections of rare books.
The local library catalogues are available online.
British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes
- St. Andrews Library: G2
Can I see live document availability on Copac? Yes. The Copac local holdings display will tell you if a document is currently on-loan, reference only etc. as well giving you local location details.
Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.
Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.
How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of St Andrews's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.