Mathematical Association Library

Contact details

Website:; Email: David Wilson Library -; Special Collections - Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2043

Page from Euclid's Elements.
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About the library

The Mathematical Association (MA) was formed in 1871 as the Association for the Improvement of Geometrical Teaching. The MA is now the leading UK association for mathematical education at all levels from primary school to university, including postgraduate work.

The MA library started on a very small scale in the 19th century and now comprises nearly 11000 text books, popular mathematics and higher mathematics books, and around 700 runs of mathematical periodicals from many different countries.  The library includes an exceptional collection of 300 largely mathematical manuscript exercise books from the 18th and 19th centuries: the John Hersee Collection. The MA library as a whole is a unique resource for the history of mathematics and its teaching, learning and popularisation in the UK from the 16th to the 21st centuries.

Since the mid-1950s, the collection has been accommodated in the University of Leicester Library, where the Special Collections include around 850 of the MA's older (pre-1850) and rarer books and mathematical serials. The oldest book in the collection is a 1533 edition in Greek of Euclid's Elements.

The whole of the MA Library has been catalogued electronically by the University of Leicester Library and can be accessed through their catalogue online. For periodical searches please use this catalogue.

Accessing materials

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the University Library’s local lending policy. For Mathematical Association members, there is also a borrowing entitlement in person and a postal loan facility. The Special Collection items are not available for loan.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available, particularly for reference-only access to Special Collection items.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the University of Leicester’s Special Collections website for information.


Mathematical Association data on Copac

Example record from the Mathematical Association:

The scale of interest, or, The use of decimal fractions, and the table of logarithmes in the most easie and exact resolving of all questions in anatocism, or compound interest... / by John Newton.
  London : Printed for Dixy Page at the Anchor and Marriner in East Smithfield near the Kings Slaughterhouse, and Allen Bancks at the Flowerdeluce near Cripplegate Church 1668

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