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Mathematical Sciences: Books

Key texts

Books from Other Libraries

If you can't find the books you need on WebCat, you could check the catalogues of other libraries.

It is possible to visit most other UK academic libraries by joining SCONUL Access.  You should only visit the British Library if the resources you need are not accessible from any other Library.

How can I find a book?

Search WebCat.  You will also find books on DelphiS.

WebCat is the Library Catalogue.  It lists the books, ebooks, journals, DVDs, CDs, software and other resources held at all of the Univerisity of Southampton libraries. 

DelphiS searches WebCat and many of the Library's literature databases simultaneously.  You will find many journal articles, conference papers, reports and other resources that are not available via WebCat.

WebCat Help

WebCat help guides and online tutorial

Cannot Find What You Are Looking For?

  • Is the book out on loan? - Place a hold
  • Is the book at another library site? - Place a hold
  • Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library
  • Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.

Key locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for subjects other than Education which uses Dewey Decimal Classification. Key locations for titles of interest to maths students are listed here.

Call Number Subject
QA Mathematics
HA Statistics (also at QA 276-95)
HG 8779-8835 Actuarial Science

Floor plans

You will find most books in engineering an the environment on Level 3 of Hartley Library.

Most journals are now available online. Print journals we do hold are on Level 1 of Hartley Library.

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

TK 2380.45 GAR 

306.47 GEL 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.


For a fuller list see the Useful Encyclopaedias and Reference Works page for maths.

How to use ebooks

Find out how to locate and access ebooks via the Searching for library books and resources tutorial.

Top eBooks

How to use eBooks

Interactive tutorials using examples from major eBook providers:

A complete list of our eBook collections is available, as well as information on access and passwords.

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