Collection scope and use for math and stat.

Collection Scope

The Mathematics Research Library collects pure mathematics materials at the research level in virtually every area of mathematics.  Our statistics collection supports both the theory and methodology of statistics such as bayesian inference, computational finance, environmental statistics, statistical genetics, and time series among others.  Our Applied Mathematics collection supports scientific computing, computational finance, mathematical biology, nonlinear waves, climate modeling, and modern mathematical methods as applied to other disciplines.  Applied mathematics materials may be found in either the Mathematics Research Library or the Engineering Library.

The collection is broad and deep, it includes materials from the 19th century up through the most recent ebook or ejournal.

Suggestions for purchase can be made in person, by email, or via the Purchase Request form. Titles not owned by UW may be quickly borrowed from other Summit Libraries (WA and OR) via UW Libraries Search or requested through Interlibrary Loan if not found in the Summit system.

Reference Materials and Databases

Print reference books such as dictionaries, mathematical and statistical tables, handbooks, encyclopedias and biographical sources are shelved in Math Reference and are usually library use only.

Math and stat databases, as well as many reference materials are available electronically from any computer on campus, from any UW IP account, or from any UW proxy authenticated account. All databases for mathematics and statistics are listed on Math Research's home page under Research Resources.

Finding/Borrowing Materials

Internal Locations

The UW WorldCat and UW-only catalogs provide access to books, periodicals, audio, video and online materials in the University of Washington Libraries. Computers on our main floor and upstairs provide access to the catalog and other internet resources via our home page.

Math Research's internal locations include:

  • Math General Stacks--books on both floors
  • Math Reference--library use only materials near staff area on main floor
  • Math Reserve--course materials available for short loans; on low shelving near the stairs on main floor
  • Math Periodicals--recent issues of paper journals in our upper floor display area
  • Math Media--request DVD, VHS, CD, or floppy disk items at Math Circ Desk
  • Math Storage--stores most of our journal and periodical materials.  You may request at Math Circ Desk or online via the online catalog REQUEST button

Check with library staff about other internal locations.

Materials of interest may also be located in other Seattle library units such as Physics, Engineering, Suzzallo or OUGL, or the Tacoma or Bothell libraries. Some older materials are located in Auxiliary Stacks and may be requested through the catalog or at the circulation desk.

Classification System

Books are shelved by call number in the General Stacks (main floor and upstairs) using the Library of Congress (LC) system. For example:

  • LC call number: QA 276 S483 2009

All bound periodicals and journals are shelved  in Math Storage. Current  issues of journals still received in paper are shelved on the display shelves upstairs.  However, most journals are available online--both older volumes and current issues.  See our list of math and stat ejournals.


Instructors place course-related material on reserve to facilitate multiple student access. Reserve materials for lower division math and stat classes will be found in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library.

Reserves for upper division and graduate math & stat classes will be found by call number on our Math Reserves shelves near the stairs on our main floor.  Course textbooks can be checked out for 4 hours or overnight at 3.5 hours before closing time. Supplementary course reserve materials generally check out for 24 hours.