The University library stocks a large number of books, and has experienced staff to help you access and use our resources to support your study and research.

At the University of St Andrews, you can study the way you want to: in the library cafe, in an individual study area or a group study room – you choose. You can also print, photocopy and scan in the library and use the huge number of online resources and tools we provide.

Main library

The main library is located in the centre of St Andrews. It is open for over 100 hours per week during the semester, including weekends. The library offers a huge number of resources, such as:

  • Over one million volumes.
  • More than 30,000 e-books.
  • Thousands of print and electronic journals.
  • Academic databases
  • An extensive collection of DVDs.
  • Computers for you to use on each level of the Library.

Using the library is quick and simple. You’ll be offered an orientation tour when you arrive and the easy-to-use self-service machines mean it takes just seconds to check your books in and out.

Other libraries

The JF Allen library holds books and journals for most science subjects. It has recently been renovated to a high specification and offers a variety of quiet individual and group study spaces.

St Mary’s library for divinity and mediaeval history includes the historic King James Library.

The beautifully renovated Martyrs Kirk Research Library can be used by researchers and postgraduate research students.

You will also be entitled to borrow from the nearby libraries of the universities of Dundee and Abertay.