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Welcome to the
James B. Ax Library.
Located in AP&M 5880, the
room is a nice quiet place to
rest, relax and read.



There are over 2,000 books and journals in 20 subjects to choose from.

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The mathematics are distinguished by a particular privilege, that is, in the course of ages, they may always advance and can never recede.
        Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The James B. Ax Library, in AP&M 5880, provides a quiet place for study and collaboration, and is available for graduate students, faculty, and department visitors. The Ax Library is stocked with over two thousand mathematics and physics books from the private collection of James B. Ax. These books are primarily advanced textbooks and research monographs, and span a large number of areas in mathematics, including:

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Differential Equations
  • Geometry
  • Number Theory
  • Representation Theory
  • Algebraic Geometry
  • Topology
  • Probability and Statistics

The library also contains smaller collections of books in the areas of Logic, Combinatorics, and Information Theory and small collections of proceedings volumes and collected works.

There is a online searchable database of the James B. Ax Library holdings. The library's books may be checked out for personal use.

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