Study spaces during revision and exams

Friday 5 April 2024

We love our small town, but it can be hard to find study space when you need it. This can particularly be the case during the revision and exam period. And, while it’s great that so many of you choose to study in the Main Library, without adding more floors (which we sadly cannot do), it’s impossible to fit everybody in at once.

So, we thought it would be useful to give you some tips on where to find other places to study. Spaces include library areas other than the Main Library, PC classrooms, and teaching rooms that aren’t booked for exams, so can be used as drop-in spaces for study.

Thomson Reading Room, Martyrs Kirk Research Library, University of St Andrews


Library spaces, including opening hours and some information about facilities and accessibility, can be found on our website. There’s also a map to help you find them.

These spaces can also be seen on MySaint, under the ‘Find space’ tab.

We have several Library spaces in the town centre: the Main Library, the Thomson Reading Room within Martyrs Kirk, and St Mary’s College and the King James Library. On the North Haugh we have the JF Allen Library and Library at the Gateway, both of which have extended opening hours during this period (beginning 8 April 2024), as well as the Dr Ettie Stewart Steele Reading Room in the Purdie Building. We also have a Reading Room available to all users at Walter Bower House.

PC Classrooms

There are 13 PC classrooms available in the University, including several in the Butts Wynd building, just across the courtyard from the Main Library. You can view a list, including opening hours and with a link to a map of site, on the IT Services webpage.

You can also search for PC classroms by building within MySaint, under the ‘Find space’ tab.

Teaching Rooms

There are over 40 teaching rooms that may be available to use for drop-in study. Check the ‘Find space’ tab in MySaint to view rooms, check hourly availability, and view a map of the spaces.

You can also visit the Main Library Help Desk to view a list of which teaching rooms are available over the whole period – we’ll be putting copies of this up in all of our libraries. We are working to make a version of this available online as soon as possible, and a link will be provided once it’s ready.

As always, if you’d like some help, you can drop in to see us at the Main Library Help Desk, or email [email protected]

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