University of Missouri-Columbia
Mathematical Sciences Library
206 Math Sciences Building

Information and Services


Description and Location

Campus Document Delivery

Hours Collections
Photocopy Services Instruction and Tours
Information Services Staff
Circulation Policies Faculty Support
Class Reserves Off-Campus Proxy Server

Description and Location

The Math Sciences Library, a branch of the University Libraries, is administered under the authority of the Director of Libraries, and conforms to the established policies and procedures thereof. The Library Assistant reports to the Engineering Librarian and Head of the Science Branch Libraries. 

The Mathematical Sciences Library is located in Room 206 on the second floor of the Mathematical Sciences Building. The building is located next to the Student Recreation Center and across the street from the General Classroom Building. Limited parking is available in the Turner Avenue Garage, to the northwest of the Mathematical Sciences Building.

Mathematical Sciences Library Hours    

Fall/Winter Semesters:

Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 12:00pm      and   1:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm      and   1:00pm-5:00pm
Saturday 12:00pm(noon) – 3:00pm  
Sunday CLOSED  


Monday – Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm      and 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED  
Summer Session    
M – W – F 8:00am – 12:00pm       and 1:00pm – 5:00pm
T – Th 8:00am – 12:00pm       and 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday – Sunday CLOSED  
These are general hours; holidays will cause variations.

Photocopy Services

A coin-operated paper copy machine is available in the Math Sciences Library. Faculty and staff can photocopy personal or library materials, paying cash or charging to a university interdepartmental order ($.07 per page).  Reader/printer services for microfiche are available as part of the Ellis Library photocopy department. Services for microfilm are available in Special Collections, fourth floor, Ellis Library.

Information Services

For assistance in locating information or for requesting library services contact Will McCrary (2-7286), the Math Sciences Library Assistant, or call the Engineering Library at 2-2379.

Circulation Policies

Loan and fine policies are established under the authority of the University Libraries. The policies are on display at the Circulation Desk.   Extended loans may be granted for the purposes of graduate or post-graduate research.   The automated circulation system allows individuals to place holds on books that are checked-out to other patrons or at other UM or branch libraries (as well as St. Louis University Libraries).   Patrons may renew books twice by using the following patron function on the telnet version of the MERLIN Library Catalog: 

  • Select  ”View Your Own Record”.
  • Enter your name, Social Security number and PIN number at the prompts.
  • Select the “Items currently checked out” button.
  • Place a check next to the items you wish to renew.
  • Click the “Renew Selected Items” button.

To do this follow the below link and have ready your name, Social Security number and your PIN number

View your circulation record

At the third renewal, the material must be brought to the library.


  • Borrowing Privileges

All MU faculty, staff, and students, and MU Libraries card holders may borrow Math Sciences Library materials. Anyone may use the collection within the Library.

The Library reserves the right to recall all books after two weeks of use if requested by another borrower. Materials needed for reserve may be recalled at any time. All borrowers are charged fines for overdue recalled books at the rate of $2.00 per day.

  • Loan Periods  
  Unbound Journals   Three day loan for faculty and staff
      Overnight loan for graduates and undergraduates
  Bound Journals   Three day loan for faculty and staff
      Overnight loan for graduates and undergraduates
  Books    Four month loan for faculty, staff, graduate and professional students 
      One month loan for all others
  Microfilm & fiche   Three Days

Class Reserves

The Math Sciences Library maintains a reserve collection of materials designated by instructors for courses taught in the departments of Mathematics and Statistics. Library books will be the only materials held on reserve in the Math Sciences Library. Bound volumes of journals are not usually held on reserve. Reserve materials are filed by department and course number and usually circulate for two hours. Students may ask for reserve materials at the library Circulation Desk.

  • Reserve Information for Students

Students can find out what reserve materials are available for courses by choosing the Reserve option on the MERLIN Library Catalog to see a list of reserve materials by course name or by professor’s name. Students should also ask their instructors what reserve materials are available for their course and which library has these materials.

A valid MU student, staff or faculty ID is required to check out Reserve materials. Reserve materials are usually due in two hours, one day or three days–the loan period is determined by the professor. Two items may be checked out at a time and may not be renewed. Reserve materials should be returned by the time due to the Reserve Desk. They should never be returned another library. Fines are assessed at $1.00 per hour for overdue materials. Students should take care to find out when reserve materials are due back and return them promptly.

  • Reserve Information for Instructors

A list of Library books to be placed on reserve should be supplied to your library at least two weeks before the semester they are to be used. This prevents students from checking them out and delaying your use of them for reserve. The appropriate forms for reserve lists are available at the Math Sciences Library. For more information about placing material on Reserve, faculty should contact the staff at 882-7286.

Any photocopied materials placed on reserve MUST follow the MU Libraries’ copyright policy (policy #8).

Campus Document Delivery

The Library will secure materials from other campus libraries and from other MU Libraries for MU faculty, staff and students. Materials are delivered to the library of the patron’s choosing for pick up there. You may request books using the “REQUEST THIS ITEM” button via the MERLIN Library Catalog. Articles from journals held by campus libraries are available for a fee through the Document Retrieval Service of the Ellis Library’s Copy Service.

MathSciNet via the web

MathSciNet is the searchable Web database providing access to over 60 years of Mathematical Reviews and Current Mathematical Publications from 1940 to the present.

MathSciNet, Mathematical Reviews, and Current Mathematical Publications are all produced by the American Mathematical Society.

If individual instruction is needed, patrons may make an appointment with the Math Library Information Specialist. Class presentations are available upon request. Please call Will McCrary, the head of the Math Library, at 882-7286 or Judy Siebert Maseles, the Engineering Librarian, at 882-2715 for information.


*Library Stacks

The library stacks are open to all users. Patrons are encouraged to locate and retrieve their own books, and to browse if they wish.

*Reference Collection

Reference books (bibliographies, encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.) are shelved in Library of Congress call number order in the first range across from the circulation desk.   These materials do not circulate.

*Books and Periodicals

All home-use books and periodicals are shelved according to the Library of Congress (LC) classification system in the library stacks. All books and journals classified according to the Dewey are shelved in the Library Annex. The LC classification system files according to letters while the Dewey classification scheme begins with numbers. Current (unbound) journals are shelved alphabetically by title on the east wall of the library.  The Math Sciences Library Journal List provides quick access to journal call numbers.

*New Book Shelf

The new book shelves are located directly across from the Circulation Desk. New books are placed there weekly and stay for the rest of the month. They may be checked out one week after the new book is placed on the shelf. You can also view the new books for previous months online.

Instruction, Tours, and Training

The Library offers the following instruction programs:

  • Tours of the Library or instruction in use of the MERLIN Library Catalog
  • Classroom or in-library instruction tailored to the needs of a specific class or discipline.
  • Special training classes on using MathSciNet.

Service For Patrons With Disabilities

The University of Missouri-Columbia complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and need assistance in using the Math Sciences Library or any of its services, notify Will McCrary (882-7286). Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your special needs.


Will McCrary Library Specialist II  882-7286

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