The R. P. Boas Mathematics Library is located on the first floor of Lunt Hall; it has a large collection of books and journals. Some books may be placed on reserve for beginning graduate courses so all the students can have access in the library. Journals must be used in the library, though they may be signed out briefly for copying. The librarian can explain the details of book circulation policies.

  • Normal library hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Graduate students may receive keys (for their personal use only) upon paying a $5.00 deposit to the librarian. This deposit will be refunded when the key is returned.

Other books and journals of interest, especially those in applied mathematics, can be found in the Science-Engineering Library, east of the Technological Institute.

Computing Facilities

Many members of the Math Department at Northwestern University use computers in important ways in their research. To support this growing need, the Department has a network of computers running the Linux operating system. These computers and three laser printers are housed in Lunt Hall and are used exclusively by the faculty and graduate students in the Math Department.

  • They support a C language compiler and Mathematica for symbolic and numeric mathematical calculations as well as graphical display of their output. There are also more specialized packages in Algebra and Dynamical Systems. Of course TeX and related typesetting packages are available. This network is connected to the university computers via a fiber optic connection. Through this connection there is also access to the Internet and e-mail networks which allow mail to be sent electronically around the world.
  • Graduate students can obtain accounts on the department's internal computer network and are encouraged to become familiar with its use. Each entering student should see Miguel A. Lerma to set up an account. The department discourages excessive personal use of departmental computer resources.

The university provides many additional computer services through Information Technology. One of the most useful of these is the campus WiFi network, accessible using your NetId.

Where to Find It

Mailboxes: Mailboxes for faculty and graduate students are located outside Room 201.

Photocopy machine: Room 202. Obtain a user number from the department office to use the machine.

Office supplies: Paper, pencils, pens, stationery, etc. are available in reasonable quantities from the office staff in Room 201.

Texts for TA's: Desk copies of textbooks are available from the Departmental Office.

Computers: Several Linux computers and one Microsoft Windows XP are in Room B10. There is one laser printer in the hall of the basement and one laser printer in Room 202.