Collection Development Policy for Mathematics

General policies and principles for the Library's collections are stated in the General Collection Development Policy

Purpose of the Collection

Collection activity in mathematics is to support the instructional curriculum and research activity in the Mathematics Department.

Academic Department/Program Description

 The Mathematics Department offers BA and BS degrees in mathematics, and minors in mathematics and mathematics for high school teaching.  At the graduate level the department offers MA and Ph.D. degrees. The Mathematics Department works with several related research organizations including the Center for Mathematical Inquiry, Computational Science and Engineering, and the California Nanosystems Institute.


Departmental research focuses on:

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Applied mathematics
  • Geometry
  • Number theory
  • Partial differential equations
  • Topology


Materials purchased in mathematics support the research and curriculum needs of the department and are generally current English language resources. Preference is given to electronic formats due to space considerations in the library as well as convenience of access.

Because the budget for serials is fully committed, new subscriptions are considered only if an equivalent dollar amount of existing local subscriptions can be cancelled.

Systemwide and Other Resources

In order to maximize our purchasing power, the vast majority of materials selected for mathematics are purchased consortially with other UC campuses. These include:

  • Databases, including Compendex, Inspec, MathSciNet, and Web of Science.
  • Monographs, including titles from CRC MATHnetBase, Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.
  • Serials, including titles from the American Mathematical Society, Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley.

Author: Andrea L. Duda
Policy Last Updated: March 2015