The collection is maintained by the Mathematics Library.
The Mathematics collection supports the teaching and research in the Department of Mathematics as well as mathematical research throughout the campus. The Mathematics Library holds over 64,000 volumes and 2,000 microforms. The Bookstacks has 9,200 volumes and the Rare Book and Special Collections Library 1,150 volumes. Mathematical materials can be found in almost every departmental library, but the other substantial collections are to be found in Engineering Library, Physics Library (mathematical physics), Biology Library (biomathematics), and Commerce Library (mathematical economics). The Mathematics collection is ranked as one of the best in the country and it contains the most comprehensive collection of Russian mathematical works as well as one of the finest journal collections in terms of length of run and international coverage.
Version Date: April, 2005
I. Collection Description
To support the teaching and research in the Department of Mathematics. The collection also supports mathematical research throughout the campus. Recently, the collection has begun to support the resource-sharing activities of the national Mathematics Document Delivery Center.
History of Collection:
In 1870, the University Library contained 68 books of a mathematical and astronomical nature. In 1906, the Mathematics Departmental Library was opened in the Natural History Building; a complete set of Crelle’s Journal was the first major addition to the library. The early years saw the purchase of the most important mathematics journals even though the Head of the Mathematics Department was told it was very foolish to spend $200 on mathematics books at Illinois where no one could possibly read them. In 1927, the library moved to the Mathematics Building where the librarian at the time, Professor James B. Shaw, oversaw its arrangement. The Mathematics Library grew from 1,900 volumes in 1910 to 12,950 in 1939. Growth has continued so that over 28,000 volumes comprise the mathematics collections at the University of Illinois.
Estimate of Holdings:
More than 100,000 volumes in the Mathematics Library and approximately 1,000 current serial subscriptions. See “Location of Materials” for additional information.
State, Regional and National Importance:
The mathematics collection is ranked as one of the best three in the country (cf. University of Michigan and Princeton), although we must now be recognized as the finest due to our Title 11-C grant. We have the most comprehensive collection of Russian mathematical works as well as one of the finest journal collections in terms of length of run and international coverage. Our monograph collection is superb; as a national Mathematics Document Delivery Center we attempt to acquire all monographs reviewed in Mathematical Reviews (from 1940 to date).
Unit Responsible for Collecting:
Location of Materials:
The Mathematics Library holds over 64,000 volumes and 2,000 microforms. The Bookstacks has 9,200 volumes and the Rare Book and Special Collections Library 1,150 volumes. Mathematical materials can be found in almost every departmental library, but the other substantial collections are to be found in Engineering Library, Physics Library (mathematical physics), Biology Library (biomathematics), and Commerce Library (mathematical economics).
Citations of Works Describing the Collection:
Downs, p. 145
Major, pp. 16, 35, 37-38, 50
Stanford, Edna Cleo. . Urbana, Illinois: Thesis, Master of Arts in Mathematics, 1940.
U.S. Department of Education Title II-C grant application. “Mathematics Document Delivery and Reference System.” 1981. (Unpub.) See pp. 19-21.
II. General Collection Guidelines
Standard statement, except that special efforts are made to collect in all languages. Special emphasis is made in Russian and, lately, in Chinese and Japanese. The mathematics collection is more multilingual than any other science collection.
No restrictions. There is a strong interest in the history of mathematics; routine purchases are made of materials to be housed in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library.
Treatment of Subject:
Standard statement. However, our collection efforts have been broadened in order to support the Mathematics Document Delivery Center. We now collect materials in the applied areas of mathematics which are allied with astronomy, biology, computer science, economics, engineering, etc., if the units responsible have not collected them. Duplication is avoided whenever possible. Textbooks for 300-400 level courses are purchased.
Types of Materials:
Date of Publication:
Standard statement. Special efforts are made to acquire rare items or classics in the history of mathematics.
Place of Publication:
III. Collection Responsibility by Subject Subdivisions with Qualifications, Levels of Collecting Intensity, and Assignments
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|Philosophy of mathematics||3||Mathematics|
|Mathematics, study and teaching||3||Education||Mathematics|
|Mathematics, history, biography||4||Mathematics||History Of Science|
|Mathematical tables and formulas||3||Mathematics|
|Computer of arithmetic||2||Mathematics||Engineering|
|Linear, multilinear algebra, matrix theory||4||Mathematics|
|Algebraic fields/algebraic numbers||4||Mathematics|
|Commutative rings and algebras||4||Mathematics|
|Associative rings and algebras||4||Mathematics|
|Machine theory-formal languages||2||Engineering||Mathematics|
|Machine theory-coding theory||2||Engineering||Mathematics|
|Probability and statistics – see Mathematics/statistics statement Numerical analysis||2||Mathematics||Engineering|
|Mathematical analysis, general||3||Mathematics|
|Ordinary differential equations||4||Mathematics|
|Partial differential equations||4||Mathematics|
|Topological groups/lie groups||4||Mathematics|
|Functional and integral equations||4||Mathematics|
Version Date: November 2005