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Mathematics: Home


Welcome to the research guide for mathematics at Caltech. Print math books are held on the open shelves in the Sherman Fairchild Library (SFL) basement. As well, physics books are alongside the math books on the east side. The Library has purchased Springer's Math & Statistics ebook packages for the last 3 years (2013-2016). This heavily used collection is accessible from the Library catalog, TIND.

Currently print math periodicals are in two locations. Some are in the SFL basement on compact shelves and some are in the Millikan basement. By mid-2017 these two collections will be consolidated in ABC order on the SFL basement compact shelves. 

If you're looking for an article that we do not subscribe to please request it from Docuserve. This is a free service.

E-Journal Information

If you are wondering whether the Library subscribes to a specific title, please use Find E-Journals. Docuserve will acquire PDF copies of articles from titles that we do not subscribe to for free. The below titles were cancelled with 2017 and are available "free rush" which means the article is delivered in just minutes:

  • Letters in Mathematical Physics
  • Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A
  • Journal of Number Theory
  • Discrete and Computational Geometry
  • Linear Algebra and its Applications
  • Zeitschrift fur angewandte Mathematik und Physik
  • Mathematische Zeitschrift
  • Probability Theory and Related Fields
  • Mathematische Annalen
  • Journal of Differential Equations
  • Journal de Mathematiques Pures et Appliquees
  • Reports on Mathematical Physics


Mathematics has it's own Subject Classification system to help people find articles and other materials on specific subjects.  Mostly used in Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) and Zentrallblatt MATH, it is a useful classification system to know.  An introduction can be found at A Gentle Introduction to the Mathematics Subject Classification Scheme.

Physics, Math & Astronomy Librarian

Joy Painter
Cahill 105
MC 11-17