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IMU Mathematics Library Assistance Scheme for Developing Countries

Books for The National University of Laos, Department of Mathematics, donated by Robert Pour. Delivered to the Laotian Embassy in Washington DC.

Shipment Support for Donated Books to Libraries in Developing Countries

The IMU- CDC Library Assistant Scheme matches donors of mathematical materials with libraries in universities/research institutions in developing countries where there is a need for mathematical research literature. CDC offers limited financial support for shipment costs for individual scientists or institutions wishing to donate books in the mathematical sciences to libraries in developing countries.

Potential donors notify IMU of their available donations, which are then (if suitable) listed on this website. Potential recipients can browse the list of available items and apply to the CDC for the materials. If a match is made, the donor will then be notified with instructions on shipping directly to the recipient. Shipments are never made to the CDC. The donor packs the materials (if possible), schedules the pick-up and the international shipping by a suitable shipper, pays the shipping bill, and is reimbursed by the CDC for the shipping costs. 

For Donors

If you are interested in donating your scientific books (mathematics or related subjects) to a library in a developing country, please send a list of the books to be donated and the name of a contact at the recipient library to the CDC Administration. In case you do not have a library contact in a developing country, CDC will publish the list of materials online until a library in a developing country applied for the books/ journals.

Please note that you have to arrange the shipment yourself, CDC can either transfer the cost prior to the shipment or reimburse afterwards. For either payment method, the original shipping receipt has to be submitted to the CDC Administration in the IMU Office in Berlin.

Suitable types of materials include multi-year runs of primary research journals, as well as quality research books, and monographs in mathematics. Notices of any kind of mathematical societies are not appropriate donations for this program. Widely available publications are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Please send the following information via e-mail to: Library Assistant Scheme, IMU Secretariat Berlin.

  1. Your name, email address (or phone number), and mailing address
  2. In case you already have a library in a developing country which would like to receive your materials, name, email address (or phone number), and mailing address of a contact person.
  3. A brief description of the materials to be donated. For journals, give names and years and indicate whether issues are separate or bound together. An overview of a book collection, language of materials, mentioning topics and numbers of books, is more helpful than specific titles.
  4. The amount of time you are able to hold the books, until we find a suitable recipient.
  5. Any problems you foresee with packing and shipping.

Donors will be notified about the approval of the materials. There will often be a waiting period before a suitable recipient is found, and then the donors will receive instructions about the shipping preparation.


For Libraries

If you are interested in receiving donated scientific books (mathematics or related subjects), please send a list of the mathematical areas in which books are needed to the CDC Administration. We will keep the library in a database until a potential donor is found and shipment arranged.

 Please send the following information via email to Library Assistant Scheme, IMU Secretariat Berlin.

  1. Name of person applying, job title, and email address
  2. Name of institution and/or library, and country
  3. Mailing address for regular mail
  4. Shipping address (and telephone number) for books
  5. Which items are you interested in?
  6. Which languages would be suitable?
  7. Explain the need for such materials at your location. How extensive is the current mathematical collection, and how large is the mathematical community which will access the books?
  8. Explain any special circumstances which have affected your collection such as wars, natural disasters, growth of the graduate program in mathematics, shrinkage of the library budget, or other issues.
  9. Are your mathematical holdings available to all professional mathematicians, without regard to religion, gender, national origin and race/ethnicity?

Applicants will be notified about the result of the request. If plans are made to ship the materials, the receiving institution should anticipate any customs problems and instruct the CDC on specific shipping requirements. The CDC cannot pay customs duties.

All Questions should be sent to: CDC Administration, IMU Secretariat Berlin

For the Press Release regarding the Library Assistant Scheme, please go here.


Materials Currently Available

When contacting the CDC, indicate the number of the donation you are interested in.


No materials available at the moment.

last updated: 2012-01-04