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Find out what is going on in the Main Library, Martyrs, JF Allen, the King James and St Mary’s College Libraries. News, services, resources, spaces and events will all be covered in the posts below. For opening times and full information about the Library, please check our webpages.

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Coronavirus response measures: Changes to Library services

To comply with the government’s directive to arrest the spread of Covid-19 and to support the delivery of teaching and assessment in online formats, the Library is making these changes: All Library study spaces are closed and physical collections cannot be accessed. All Library fines have been wiped and no new fines added. All current…

17 March 2020News

Closure of levels in Main Library on 16 and 17 March

On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 March, level 3 or 4 will be closed (one level will be closed at a time) to allow for essential works to be completed. This work involves drilling and so there may be some noise disruption. Although levels may be closed, Library staff will retrieve any books or other…

12 March 2020News

StAnza Poems Aloud! 2020 winner

Each year, the University Library organises a poetry recital competition for students as part of the StAnza poetry festival. The concept was the brain child of the University Librarian, John MacColl and the competition is now in its seventh year. The students who enter are asked to choose from a list of poems performed by…

11 March 2020News

Spring vacation opening hours

Image by Jenny Elwin Opening hours for the following Library sites will change during Spring vacation from Saturday 14 until Sunday 29 March inclusive: Main Library Monday to Friday, 8am until 10pm (Service Desk, 9am until 5pm) Saturday and Sunday, 10am until 7pm (Service Desk, 11am until 5pm) St Mary’s College Library, incorporating the King James Library…

9 March 2020News

Valentine’s feedback: your love letters and break-up letters to the Library

Thank you for writing such lovely letters, we got 53 in total. Below show the themes and some examples! 20 letters professed your love for the library, that it was your second home, and we were with you when others’ weren’t, especially late at night… …but you also told us you have a love/hate relationship…

21 February 2020News

Main Library closure on Friday 21 February

The Main Library will be closed from 6.30pm on Friday 21 February and will reopen at 10am on Saturday 22 February. This is to allow essential works to be completed. Library at the Gateway and JF Allen Library on the North Haugh have extended opening until 11pm on Friday 21 February. We apologise for the…

17 February 2020News

LGBT+ History Month: Read You, Wrote You display

  February is LGBT+ History Month here in the UK. Since 2005, when Schools OUT organized the first ever LGBT+ History Month in Britain, we have celebrated the abolition of Section 28 by promoting the visibility of Queer identities both in the past and in the present. In collaboration with QueerFest, the University of St…

11 February 2020News

Students – love poetry and want to win £100? Enter Poems Aloud competition!

Open only to University of St Andrews students, our Poems Aloud! competition (run in collaboration with the StAnza International Poetry Festival) asks you to perform a poem you have memorised on stage at The Byre Studio Theatre, to a panel of judges. The prize is £100! Below is the list of poems you can choose from.…

31 January 2020News

Longer opening hours for St Mary’s and King James Library

We are very happy to say that we can now offer longer opening hours for St Mary’s College Library and the King James Library. The opening hours for these buildings will be: 9am until 11.30pm Monday through to Friday. If you have any questions or comments, please email library@st-andrews.ac.uk.

30 January 2020News

Library closures on Friday 10 January

The Main Library, St Mary’s College Library (including the King James) and The Richardson Research Library at Martyrs Kirk will be closed all day on Friday 10 January for staff training. JF Allen Library and Library at the Gateway will be open, but unstaffed. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience. For full and most recent…

7 January 2020News

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