Queen Mary’s House was bought by St Leonards in 1926 and officially opened as Queen Mary’s Library by her Royal Highness the Duchess of York in 1927. Today it is home to a wide range of research and learning resources for our pupils. The building is one of the most historic in St Andrews, let alone the school campus.

Queen mary's library in the 21st century

Today, Queen Mary’s Library (known as QML) features an extensive print collection and a growing bank of electronic resources to support the School’s pupils and teachers in all subject areas.

St Leonards pupils also have access, through the school intranet or remotely, to an enhanced QML website featuring a range of resources – like citation guidance, reading lists, online exhibitions and research tips - and more detailed information about the Library catalogue. 

A Special Collections department operates to manage the School’s museum holdings and archives.

Sixth Form pupils also have access to St Andrews University Library, which is just a few minutes' walk from the school campus.

Queen Mary’s Bedroom

Mary Queen of Scots is said to have visited St Andrews three times between 1560 and 1565. The English ambassador to the court of Elizabeth I, Randolph, wrote that he had been invited to ‘sup’ with the Queen in a merchant’s house in St Andrews and to watch her ‘shoot at the butts’ (archery) with the Duke of Moray in a private garden. This house is the only house at that time to fit the description given.

The room in which the famous monarch stayed remains on display. With many original features preserved, stepping into 'Queen Mary's Bedroom' offers a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of Scotland's most famous characters.

Read more about the history of St Leonards.

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