Quick Library Guide for Maths Students

This guide is intended to be a basic introduction to the Library's mathematics resources and services. You will find further general information - including opening hours and borrowing rights, and a link to the Library catalogue - on the Library web pages. More specific information and links to external sources of information are detailed on the Library's subject guide for Mathematics.

Starting Out

The New Students page on the Library website should be your first port of call.

Finding your way around

The University of Manchester Library consists of the Main Library and Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, at the heart of the Oxford Road Campus, together with several site libraries. A map of the library sites is available to download

Finding your resources

Library Search allows you to search for and access resources (articles, books, journals, images, video etc.) held by or subscribed to by The University of Manchester Library using a single search box.  It pulls together many of the Library’s systems and allows you to search across them simultaneously.  For further benefits, such as requesting or recalling items, signing into Library Search is recommended.

Using it will tell you that holdings of Mathematics books and journals are split between the Main Library (Blue Area, Floor 2 - Blue 2) and the Joule Library in the Sackville St Building.

Finding books on the shelves

All library books have a shelfmark which indicates their subject matter and gives each a definite place on the Library shelves. At both sites Mathematics books are shelved at 510-519 with extra copies of many texts from reading lists held in the High Demand collections of the two libraries

Encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference works can also be found in Reference Collections at both the Joule and Main Library.

More and more books are becoming available in electronic form. They are listed in Library Search in exactly the same way as print books, but instead of a shelfmark the record will have a link to the full text of the book. Access is restricted to members of the university, and you might be prompted for a username and password, especially if you are off campus

A note on journals

A journal is a publication which appears regularly on a continuing basis and which is often devoted to a particular subject. Thus a newspaper (daily or weekly, and written by journalists!) is a journal, and so is a magazine, but in a university context journals usually contain specialized scholarly or research articles (or papers). As the results of most scientific research are published in academic journals well before they become absorbed by textbooks, journals are thus not only vital to the process of research but are also a key component of library provision.

If you wish to browse or search the University of Manchester Library's Electronic Journal holdings select the 'eJournals A-Z' towards the top-right of your screen on Library Search.

Whilst many journal articles can be accessed directly in electronic form via Library Search there are also printed Mathematics journals held in the Main Library and the Joule Library.  Make use of the Advanced Search facility in Library Search using the ‘title’ and ‘form’ (journal) option to locate these.

Reading Lists

Your lecturer may choose to make their recommended resources available with links to Library holdings through Blackboard.  If so, you will also be able to access them from the Resource lists (Link2Lists) link on the Library website.

Electronic databases

Essentially, databases enable you to locate journal articles on a particular topic. Whilst extensive, Library Search does not list all the papers published in academic journals. This is what these databases do.

Within the Library's Mathematics subject page there is a section listing useful and relevant databases.

There is also a complete alphabetical list of databases taken on the Library webpages. Use of all these databases is restricted to members of the University of Manchester.

IT Facilities

There are hundreds of PCs for you to use at the Main Library and Learning Commons, plus smaller clusters of PCs at other Library sites. There are plenty of other PC clusters around campus too. The Library has recently made charging station lockers available for you to re-charge your laptop or device.

As well as help from the IT services website you can find walk-up help at our IT desks in the AGLC foyer and Blue 1 in the Main Library, plus 24/7 IT assistance through a dedicated phone-line. 

Printing, photocopying and scanning

You can print, copy and scan using the Multi Functional Devices (MFDs), available at all Library sites and at PC clusters around campus.

More Help

If you require any further help or information, ask us - by phone, email, online via Library Chat, or in person

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