The Department of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews has recently launched a new blog created by the Rare Books Collections:
Echoes from the Vault explores discoveries made through current retro-cataloguing efforts, announces any news or events from the Special Collections and will highlight some of the treasures from the University’s long history of collecting. It has also been published in part to fill the need to reach out to current and potential users as the department has been relocated to a temporary, smaller facility during a phase of refurbishment.
The Rare Books Collection of the University of St Andrews is estimated at over 200,000 volumes, and almost half of these have not been catalogued online, with only a portion of it having been recorded in the old Page Catalogue and reported to the English Short Title Catalogue and other bibliographies.
Most of the unique items are not completely unknown to previous and existing Special Collections staff, they have just lain dormant for centuries. It is our hope that we can reawaken the potential of these books as research and educational resources by getting them in the hands of students, staff and researchers.