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Summer library service provision 2011

March 1, 2011

We are aware of significant concern, particularly amongst the Postgraduate student community, related to the potential impact the forthcoming redevelopment work may have on summer service provision.  Whilst some of the specific details are to be finalised of how certain services will be provided, we can hopefully reassure our PG users of the following at this stage:

Service Desk & Access to Library staff support

  • A Library Service Desk operation will run from St Mary’s Library on South Street, Monday-Friday from 9am to 8pm during the summer.
  • Students will be able to collect and return stock from St Mary’s Library.
  • All staff, including our Academic Liaison team, will be available for consultation and contactable via telephone and email.
  • Queries can still be directed through our Meebo enquiry service.

Access to Short Loan, Reference Collection & Special Collections

  • The short loan collection will be relocated to St Mary’s Library during the summer works.
  • The reference collection will be available for browsing, from the Bute Building, room A9 on the ground floor.
  • Special Collections will be operational from their new base at the North Haugh store from the start of the summer vacation.

Borrowing & Retrieval Service

  • An additional borrower card will be made available from the start of the exam period to any student or staff member who requires it for the summer period.  This will allow them double their standard entitlement of loans.
  • We will also increase the length of time that some items can be borrowed for – e.g. a one-week loan could be issued for the entire summer vacation.
  • For Health and Safety reasons it is impossible for us to allow public access to other stock in the Main Library while building work is taking place.  However, any user wishing to access stock from the Main Library can request it by placing a recall through SAULCAT. Recalls will be held for 5 days.
  • Retrieval of stock will be twice daily with, at minimum, a 24 hour turnaround from request to availability for collection from St Mary’s Library.
  • Items recalled will be available to collect from St Mary’s Library with users being notified by email that their material is available.  Recalled items will be kept for 5 days.

Inter-Library Loans

  • The Inter-Library Loan service will work as normal.  Enquiries can be directed to staff in St Mary’s Library from where items can be collected and returned.

Access to other libraries including local & national reciprocal schemes

  • St Andrews students are eligible to join the SCONUL Access scheme.  This allows for free access to and borrowing from more than 170 university and other libraries across the UK and Ireland.  More information is available from the SCONUL Access website at or from Library staff.
  • St Andrews has additional local reciprocal agreements with the Universities of Dundee and Abertay.  These agreements give St Andrews students additional free borrowing and access to Abertay’s main library in Dundee city centre and all 7 of Dundee’s site libraries.  More information is available from their respective websites.
  • The University of St Andrews does not have any specific reciprocal agreements with libraries in the US.  Most academic libraries, however, will provide reference only access to visiting scholars.  Students should check the websites of the university libraries they intend to visit.

Alternative Study Space provision

Additional information

  • Please keep up to date with more detailed information on the Redevelopment Project by checking our blog, available from the Library’s home page
  • You can also follow us on Twitter at or find us on Facebook.
  • If you have any questions about the Redevelopment project, you can also speak to any member of our staff.

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