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 and choose ‘Mathematical Association’ from the list of libraries.


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