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Mathematics Reading Room

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The Reading Room is a non-circulating library maintained by the UCLA Department of Mathematics. The Reading Room houses a growing collection of more than 10,000 books and current subscriptions to 15 journal titles. Information about its holdings can be found in the online catalog.

Policies & Services

 Restricted to UCLA Department of Mathematics faculty, graduate students, invited guests, and staff 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Circulation Policy: 
Although the Reading Room collection is not available for circulation, at the present time the Department allows a book or periodical to be removed for one day if the person responsible fills out a card at the station near the entryway.

Some books are held on reserve in the librarian's office. The reserve items can be checked out from the library staff for a period of two hours. At the end of the loan period, the item must be returned or renewed. Renewal is available when no other user requests that title during that time period. No more than two books are to be signed out at any one time. Reserve items may be kept overnight if they are checked out one hour before the close of office. Items kept overnight must be returned the next business day to the office staff within one hour of opening or placed in the metal drop slot in the office door.

Failure to observe this policy will result in suspension of borrowing privileges. Borrowers will be held financially responsible for lost items.

Cell Phones:
 All cell phones should be turned OFF inside the Reading Room. The following is UCLA Policy on Cell Phones and Pagers:

Any disruption of a class due to the audible beeping or use of cell phones or pagers will be treated as a violation of Section 102.12 of the UCLA Student Conduct Code and will subject a student to sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal. Cell phones and pagers must be turned off while in classes, libraries, or other quiet areas.

Food & Beverage: 
Food should not be consumed in the Reading Room.

 We plan to install a scanner-copier in the Reading Room entryway soon. At that time the policy on borrowing books will be changed.

Comments & Suggestions

Please use this form to provide comments & acquisition suggestions.

General Information

Reading Room Staff Office Hours:

  • Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Contact Us:

Reading Room
UCLA Department of Mathematics
5379 Math Sciences Building
520 Portola Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1555
Phone: (310) 825-4930
Fax: (310) 206-6673

  • Librarian, Rocie Carillo
    • 5379A Math Sciences Builiding
    • (310) 825-4930
  • Library Chair, Professor John Garnett
    • 7941 Math Sciences Building
    • (310) 825-3498

Reading Room History

An Interview with Professor John Garnett
June 2008

"A mathematics library is what a laboratory is to a chemistry department. It's essential."
         -UCLA Mathematics Professor John Garnett