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Q. Can I use other University Libraries

I'm away from St Andrews and want to know if I can use other University libraries closer to home?

Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2022     Views: 5

Yes you can use other UK Libraries.  The University is a member of SCONUL - Society of College, National and University Libraries, which allows students and staff at member institutions to make of other Libraries.  The access you get is dependent on what each institution chooses to provide, so you would need to check with the Library at the University you want to use.  Some allow study space, some allow borrowing, some allow both.  

You need to apply for membership first, your application will be sent to the University of St Andrews Library to approve your membership.  You need to be in good standing with the Library for us to approve your membership.  Once approved you are able to use the Library you initially selected, along with all the other Libraries listed in the application process.  You cannot use a Library until your membership has been approved.

The University of St Andrews, University of Dundee and Abertay University have reciprocal agreements allowing staff and students access to study space and access to their print collections.  The reciprocal agreement is administered through the SCONUL scheme.

You may also use the National Library of Scotland and the British Library, information about these can be found on our Using other libraries page.

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