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Mathematics: Books & eBooks


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Find books, e-books, videos, scores, and recordings at Oberlin by title, author, subject, keyword, or other options. 


Can't find a book at Oberlin? Find and request materials held at 120 OhioLINK libraries. Requested items are delivered to the circulation desk on the first floor of Mudd Center, typically within 3-5 business days. The OhioLINK catalog describes over 46 million items, including books, periodicals, maps, music scores and audiovisual materials.  

Call Number Browsing

The mathematical collection (in print) is primarily shelved in the Terrell Main Library, with call numbers beginning QA.  Older books (cataloged prior to 1975) were classed in the Dewey Decimal system, call numbers beginning 510 through 519. Most of these have been moved to storage, and can be requested from the OBIS record for the item.  Details of the LC system for QA: 

  • QA 1-99 General mathematics
  • QA 101-145  Arithmetic
  • QA 150-272  Algebra
  • QA 273-280  Probabilities. Mathematical statistics
  • QA 299-433  Analysis
  • QA 440-699  Geometry. Trigonometry. Topology
  • QA 801-939  Analytic mechanics

Reading Call Numbers

There are two major call number systems used in the libraries: the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification schemes. The first line of a call number, as it appears on a physical item, is a broad subject classification. The subsequent lines are combinations of letters and numbers that organize items into narrower, related categories.

Library of Congress  Dewey Decimal
HB   Alphabetically 
​615  Whole number
573.3  Whole number, followed by decimal
C518  Alphabetically, then decimals
(may be followed by another letter)
.W932A  Alphabetically, then decimals 
2018  Publication Date, shelves chronologically e.g., 573.3 W932A shelves before 573.3 W94A  

See How to Read Call Numbers from the University of Berkeley Library for more details about LC call numbers.

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eBooks and Digital Collections

eBooks in our library catalog, OBIS, are easily searched from the E-Books tab at the top of the OBIS search screen.

See also the E-Books source list on the Libraries' website.

Safari Books Online includes hundreds of books on mathematical topics.

Specialized sources are listed below:

InterLibrary Loan

Can't find what you need?  For books, try OhioLINK. For books not available through OhioLINK and for other types of materials, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  ILL lets you borrow materials from non-OhioLINK libraries, including print books, scanned journal articles, musical scores, videos, theses/dissertations, and more. 

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