Mathematical Association library catalogue loaded

We’re pleased to have added the library of the Mathematical Association to Copac. 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 schooling to the university, including postgraduate work.

Page from Euclid's 'Elements'. Image copyright University of Leicester

Page from Euclid’s ‘Elements’. Image copyright University of Leicester

The MA library started on a very small scale in the 19th century and now comprises nearly 11 000 text books, popular mathematics and higher mathematics books, and around 700 runs of mathematical periodicals from many different countries.  The library also includes an exceptional collection of nearly 200 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 century.

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.

To browse, or limit your search to the holdings of the Mathematical Association library, go to the main tab on copac.ac.uk and choose ‘Mathematical Association’ from the list of libraries.

 

University of Exeter full library catalogue loaded

Copac now contains the full catalogue for the University of Exeter, excluding joint print holdings at its shared Tremough Campus in Cornwall. Particular strengths include Middle East Collections, the Arab World Documentation Unit (AWDU) and Special Collections.

Image copyright University of Exeter

Image copyright University of Exeter

The Middle East Collection is strong in most areas of Islamic studies, especially religion, philosophy, history, Arabic literature and all the social sciences. The AWDU covers all aspects of life (except literature and religion) in the Arabian countries plus Iran. The major strengths of the Special Collections include mediaeval and early modern history, nineteenth century studies and history of popular culture, and twentieth century literary and historical studies.

The Special Collections and the Arabic World Documentation Unit are housed in the Research Commons, Old Library Building. The Arabic literature collection is housed in the Forum Library at the centre of campus.

To browse, or limit your search to the holdings of the University of Exeter library, go to the main tab on copac.ac.uk and choose ‘Exeter’ from the list of libraries.

British School at Rome Library & Archive catalogue loaded

We’re pleased to announce that the records of the British School at Rome catalogue have been loaded onto Copac.

The British School at Rome is Britain’s leading humanities research institute abroad; a centre for interdisciplinary research in the Mediterranean supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences.British School at Rome library

The BSR Library supports the research activity of the Fellows and resident scholars and consists of c. 60.000 volumes and 600 current periodicals.
Collections include:

  • Italian archaeology: prehistory, classical and medieval
  • Italian topography, especially the topography of Rome
  • ancient history and texts
  • ecclesiastical and medieval Italian history
  • history of Italian art and architecture
  • the writings of travellers in Italy
  • ancient religions
  • rare books collection, including Thomas Ashby’s library

The BSR digital collections website, launched in 2009, includes 15,000 records and 12,000 images of historic photographs from the Archive and maps and engravings from the Library’s Rare Book Collection.

To browse, or limit your search to the holdings of the British School at Rome library, go to the main tab on copac.ac.uk and choose ‘British School at Rome’ from the list of libraries.