Welcome to the UCL Library Services subject guide to Mathematics. The content is regularly revised and feedback or suggestions are welcomed. The printed collections in UCL Library Services are described below. There is also information about:
Regular training sessions on electronic library resources are held in the Library. For details see Information Skills Training. Individual training sessions on specific databases and other electronic resources can be arranged on request.
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The Mathematics collection is
on the 3rd floor of the Science Library. There may be relevant material, particularly in applied mathematics,
elsewhere in the Science Library.
The MATHEMATICS collection is divided into several sections. Some important ones are as follows:
MATHEMATICS D - number theory
MATHEMATICS E - algebra
MATHEMATICS G - geometry
MATHEMATICS H - topology
MATHEMATICS K - analysis
MATHEMATICS N - numerical analysis
Additionally, multiple copies of text books which appear on undergraduate
reading lists have been placed together in a separate collection at the end
of the main sequence. These books are shelved at MATHEMATICS TXBK.
Some of the other sections of the Library you might need are:
PHYSICS (Science Library, 3rd floor)
ENGINEERING (Science Library, 4th floor)
Use Explore to find the exact class mark (shelf location) of a book.
The library holds both print and electronic journals (periodicals). Journals cannot be borrowed but may be photocopied, subject to copyright. Printed Mathematics journals are kept in the MATHEMATICS Pers section on the third floor of the Science Library. Older journals and those which are also available electronically are held in the library store. These can be requested via the Store Request Form and will be available the next day.
Use Explore to search for journals the library has access to (select UCL journals in the resource list). Explore also allows you to search for articles within some journals (select Journals articles). Contents of journals can also be searched via indexes and abstracts.
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Material in electronic form is available to registered members of UCL. Users are advised to access these resources via the links from the UCL Library website. If you are off-site, you will be prompted for your UCL userid and password.
Indexes and abstracts
The following are relevant to mathematics. For a complete list of databases available at UCL, see the A-Z list.
- MathSciNet : produced by the American Mathematical Society and covers mathematical literature
MATH : a European database with international coverage
back to 1868.
- Web of Science (Science
Citation Index) indexes over 6000 science
journals from 1981 onwards. The Web of Science help pages offer useful tips on effective search strategies.
MetaLib provides a single access point to electronic resources, enabling cross searching of abstracts and indexes, library catalogues and e journals. For full details see the Metalib guide.
To look for a specific title, go to the A-Z list from the Library's Metalib pages. Mathematics titles can be browsed by selecting the subject tab from the same page.
For further information see Finding journals
- arXiv - open access e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
E versions of past exam papers can be found by searching here. Paper copies of exam papers for the current year for all Main and Science Library subjects are shelved in the Photocopying Room of the Main Library. Older papers are available in printed format and are kept in Stores. These can be requested by clicking here.
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House Library in Malet Street
has some relevant collections. Any registered member of UCL can join the
Library and borrow from there.
All UCL staff and students can apply directly to the British
Library for reference access. You will need to bring indentification
showing proof of address (e.g. utility bill), proof of signature (e.g.
driving licence) and proof of student or research status (UCL ID card)
in order to
obtain a reader's pass.
See UCL's guide to using Other Libraries for more information.
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The library contact for this subject is Robert Tomaszewski, based in Room 314 of the Science Library. Tel: extension 32634 or 020 7679 2634. Please contact for any questions regarding the collections and library resources or to arrange individual training sessions.
See the Science Library blog: Library news for Science and Engineering
: to keep up to date with new resources, events and library news.
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