Reference and Instruction
The Mathematics Research Librarian supports undergraduate and graduate level teaching, learning and research in mathematics, applied mathematics and statistics at the University of Washington by providing reference service, acquiring books, journals, and digital tools, and managing the collection and staff in the Mathematics Research Library.
Reference service is available in person, by email, or by phone during our hours of operation. Use the ask us! link at the top of our webpages for 24/7 email, chat, phone, or texting services. Individual drop in or scheduled class instruction sessions and tours are also available and encouraged.
Most of the services listed below are available only to UW-affiliated students, staff, and faculty:
UW Libraries Proxy Server
UW faculty, staff and students may access UW-licensed databases and materials from off campus by using the proxy server. See details at our Connect from Off-Campus page.
Textbooks and supplementary materials for math and stat classes, 400 level and above are available for short loan--usually 4 hours for textbooks and 24 hours for supplementary materials. A number of math and stat Schaum's Outlines review books are also on reserve.
These materials must be returned to Math Research Library directly to avoid high fines.
If you would like to set up your own customized alerts for new materials, you can do so through the services listed below. Most publishers also offer their own alerting services.
- Use MathSciNet's Current Publications alerting tool to browse current monograph and journals publications in MathSciNet by MSC classification. You may chose the current month or previous ones, and the type of material. Choose Reviewed to see only reviewed items.
- MathSciNet -- New Journal Issues, weekly listings.
- Web of Science. Set up an account and use "My Saved Searches" functionality for journal alerts. Sample search="Publication Name=(asian journal of mathematics) OR Publication Name=(duke mathematical journal)"...
- e-CMP, AMS members only. e-CMP emails bibliographic entries for book and journals every three weeks in your choice of up to three Mathematics Subject Classifications.
- Most commercial publishers offer custom alerting services for their journals. You can create alerts from the publisher site by setting up a personal account with specific publishers.
- You can search the UW Libraries Catalog and create preferred book searches for favorite authors, subjects, titles or keywords. You can either re-run the searches when you choose or receive email alerts when records matching your preferred search are added to the Catalog.
- Many of the other databases provided by the UW Libraries offer alert services that automatically send email notifications for new citations or table of contents that match a requester's interests.
The names of the services (alert, autoalert, saved search) and the procedures for setting them up vary among vendors, but they generally operate in the same way. You specify the search terms or the journal titles and the database automatically provides you with updated results via email. For some you must register with a password and establish a profile or personal account; for others you simply provide your email address. Some alert services limit the number of searches you can save. In many databases you can define how often a search is run.
Contact us for help if needed.
For current UW students, faculty, and staff at the Bothell, Seattle, and Tacoma campuses the UW Libraries will provide the following services if needed for university-related research and course work:
- Obtain electronic copies of articles, either from the UW Libraries collection or from another library, usually within one to two business days.
- Borrow books and other physical materials from other libraries, usually within 10-14 business days depending on shipping time.
To place a request, please log in to your UW Libraries Interlibrary Loan account using your UW NetID. If this is your first request, you will be asked to register. Articles will be posted in your ILL account when they are available; books will be sent to the UW location of your choice. You may also use the REQUEST button within the catalog record for the item.
Current UW faculty and staff may have materials checked out and mailed to their campus department mailbox. More information.
When Math Research is closed, materials may be returned to the book return box located in the hall outside the front door of the library. Non-reserve books may be returned to any UW library unit.
Our photocopier/printer is located on the first level of the library. UW students, faculty, and staff may use their UW ID cards to pay for printing/copying. Others may buy a DawgPrints card ($5.00) from the vending machine in the library. Copies cost $.12 single-sided, $.23 double-sided. A copy center is located nearby in the Communications Building (B042) also.
Math Research also has a scanner located on the main floor. Files can be saved to a thumb drive or emailed.
Wheelchair access is available via the main, or northern, entrance to Padelford Hall. Take the elevator to the third floor. The library is directly across from the elevator. Patrons in wheelchairs wishing to access the upper level of the library may ask for assistance at the circulation desk. Library staff can also help patrons retrieve books or use other library tools and resources.
WiFi access is available throughout Padelford Hall.