University of St Andrews Library and Information Service


St Andrews


North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9TR


01334 462282

Contact & Job Title

Colin Bovaird, Senior Library Assistant

Purpose & main user community of the library

Serves staff and students of the University. Other scholars are welcome

Terms of access

Access is free for consultation but users must register on first visit

Opening hours

Term time: M–F 08.45–00.00 (no lending service after 2200), Sa 09.00–17.00, Su 13.00–19.00.Vacation M–F 09.00–20.00 (no lending service after 1700); Mid Sept.–May Sa 09.00–13.00 excluding Christmas period

Disabled access

All floors are accessible by lift

Lending to other libraries & visitors

ILL via BLDSC generally possible, but items dated before 1880 are not lent, and other restrictions may apply. Non-University borrowers are charged £30 per annum.

Number of volumes

900,000 whole library; 60,000 theology

Periodicals – Back Issues

5,000 whole library; 680 theology

Current Periodicals

2,800 whole library printed, 680 theology; 2,500 whole library electronic, 120 theology

Other materials

Mss, microfilm and databases include substantial theology holdings. Other materials include maps, videos, DVDs, newspapers

Volumes added per year

9,000 whole library, 600 theology

Special Collections

Bible collection; Buccleugh collection; Von Hugel collection of philosophy and theology; Archdeacon Moore collection; G.H. Forbes collection


Wide range of subject coverage, especially relating to the church and churchmen in Scotland and to the Catholic modernist movement

Research resource

Roman Catholic modernism

Catalogue Type

Computer (SAULCAT) of post-1972 acquisitions accessible by author/title, subject and classmark; guardbook catalogue (author only) of pre-1973 acquisitions

URL of catalogue
Other facilities

Photocopying, microfilm reader

Full Time Staff


Part Time Staff