University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections

Research and enquiries

How to book an appointment

Fetching restrictions for Tuesday and Wednesday, 27 & 28 February 2018

On Monday and Tuesday, 26 & 27 February, work is being carried out at the Special Collections storage building to improve environmental conditions for our collections.

We will not be able to fetch collections items for our readers on these days. If, therefore, you plan to visit Special Collections on Tuesday 27th or Wednesday 28th February, please note that we will need to know what you wish to consult by 2pm on Friday 23rd February.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this restriction. We will continue to manage enquiries. Please email and we will respond to you as quickly as possible.


If you wish to consult items in the Napier Reading Room in the Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk, on North Street, you can make an appointment either by completing the form below, emailing at, or calling on (01334) 467380.

Please include your preferred date, giving at least 1 working day's notice (we do not open on Saturday or Sunday) and as much detail as you can of what you'd like to consult, including reference numbers, if known. All the collections have been re-located, and some are now out-stored. A small amount of material may be unavailable or may take up to 48 hours to retrieve, and there may also have to be limits on how much material can be consulted at any one time.

Staff will discuss with you an appropriate time and duration for your visit. Directions to the Reading Room will be supplied when bookings are made, or you can check our map.

Reader's details
What material you would like to consult?
Appointment - first choice
Monday to Friday only
Appointment - second choice
Monday to Friday only

Special Collections for Groups

Learn about how we share our treasured collections with specialist groups and schools and how we use materials for teaching within the University.

Research enquiry?

If you need assistance with research, have a query about our collections, or would like to know about researching your family history please ask for our help.

Do you need reproductions?

Find out how you can get copies of books, manuscripts or photographs held within Special Collections.