Study space in the University Libraries

Elizabeth Andrews
Thursday 9 September 2021

Students sitting at a table, socially distanced and wearing face coverings

All of the University Libraries are open and you can browse and borrow from any of the libraries which hold collections, using the self-service machines.

However, to study in the Main Library, you need to first book a seat. You can book up to 4 sessions of 3 hours per week (a total of up to 12 hours). Booking is open 5 days in advance. There is no need to book if you want to borrow or return an item or talk to staff at the IT or Library Service Desks

The other libraries, St Mary’s and King James, JF Allen, Gateway, and Martyrs (for Postgraduates and staff) are drop-in spaces, there is no need to pre-book to visit.

When you visit any of the University Libraries, remember to wear your face covering at all times including when seated, bring your ID card, and use the hand sanitiser before and after browsing the bookshelves.

Check the spaces page for opening times and facility information.

To book:
Info about all libraries:

If you have any questions about the different spaces or about booking in the Main Library, please email [email protected] or get in touch through instant chat.

Image © The University of St Andrews.

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