Who can use the library

  • Local community
  • Non St Andrews students
  • Alumni
  • School pupils

Library facilities

  • Book borrowing
  • Computer services
  • Special Collections

Opening times

  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends

The University’s libraries

The University of St Andrews has a number of libraries where students, staff and members of the public can withdraw publications, use reference books, research topics of interest and study in a calm environment.

The largest library is the Main Library, which can be found on North Street. The library houses a cafe, group study spaces, computers connected to the University network and an IT Services helpdesk as well as both long and short book-loan options. The Main Library is also home to the University’s Special Collections department. More information about the Main Library can be found on the Library website.

Other University libraries include the King James Library (Divinity), the JF Allen Library (primarily covering Physics, Maths and Computer Science), the Purdie Library (Chemistry), St Mary’s College Library (Divinity, Mediaeval History and Psychology) and the Martyr’s Kirk Research Library (for postgraduate research students). Some schools and academic centres, including Art History, Philosophy and Classics also have a departmental library. For more information about these, please take a look at the departmental libraries web pages.

Library opening times

Find out about the opening times for all University libraries on the Library website.


Staff and retired staff

Current staff of the University (except for casual workers) are automatically made members of the University Library. The University also offers retired staff the option to maintain a University ID card – which provides University membership and continued use of an email account – for six years after retirement begins. This account may then be renewed for a further six years.

Students, including visiting students

All students at the University of St Andrews are automatically made members of the University Library. Student matriculation cards have library borrowing barcodes on the reverse, and these are used to request, recall and borrow items from the libraries.

Students studying at the University as part of a study abroad programme are able to use their St Andrews matriculation cards in this manner.

A reciprocal borrowing agreement exists between the Universities of Abertay, Dundee and St Andrews Libraries. Students or staff from Abertay or Dundee should bring ID cards to the Main Library Helpdesk to join as a member.

Alumni and graduates

Graduates and past students from St Andrews may request membership of the University libraries. The current cost of graduate membership can be found on the University libraries membership page.

Local community

Those who live locally to St Andrews can also request membership of the libraries. In order to join the University library, individuals should visit the Main Library, providing a piece of photographic ID. The cost of joining the library as a member of the public can be found on the University libraries membership page.

Friends of the library

The University libraries also welcome friends of the library to become members; friends of the library pay a discounted rate for membership. More information on library membership for friends of the library can be found on the University libraries membership page. For more information about becoming a friend of the St Andrews University Library, please take a look at the Library website.

Local schools

Some pupils from local schools are eligible to join the libraries. For more information on how pupils may gain access, please look at the University libraries membership page.


University libraries

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 2283