The goal of the Mathematics Library is to collect as many mathematics publications as possible. The collection is focused most strongly on pure mathematics and statistics, but it also contains books on mathematics history, mathematics in culture, mathematicians' biographies, scientific publishing, and mathematical and statistical reference. The only types of publications the library does not often buy are mathematics and statistics textbooks. Patrons are always welcome to suggest book or journal purchases for consideration. To suggest a purchase, please fill out the online suggestion form.
Journal subscription decisions are based on the Mathematics Library budget. Journal subscription prices, especially those for print journals, increase every year, thus requiring the library to reevaluate which titles are fundamental to the collection. If a print title is being considered for cancellation, we first check and see if it is available electronically, and if it is, we will simply switch format to receive the electronic version. However, sometimes even an electronic subscription will be considered for cancellation; in this case, the decision is based on the amount of use the journal receives, the quality of the journal content, whether the library is still receiving journals with similar content, and the cost of the subscription.
It depends. If the Mathematics Library received the journal in print format, the all issues published prior to the subscription cancellation date will be available in the Mathematics Library book stacks. Issues published after that date must be obtained from other schools, either through I-Share or Interlibrary Loan. If, however, the journal was part of an electronic subscription received as part of the Online Research Resources through the Main Library, it is quite possible that vendor will not allow further access to any of the journal issues, even those for which the library paid. If you find that the University no longer has access to an issue or article that you need, you may be able to order photocopies of the article/articles through Interlibrary Loan.