# Bibliography change the page numbering style

I am using the `book` class, so the page numbering is in the corners of the document. When calling the `\bibliography` command, LaTeX creates a page with the standard numbering (centered, at the bottom) and then switches back to the book numbering for the rest of the bibliography pages.

What is happening here, how do I fix this?

• The behavior you describe is standard for all numbered and unnumbered chapter-level headers (which includes the `Bibliography` sectioning header) of the `book` document class: the first page is set with the page style `plain` (with the page number placed centered at the bottom of the page), and additional pages are set with page style `headings`. If you don't like this setting and want to change it for the bibliography, you should probably change it for all chapter-level sectioning headers, whether numbered or unnumbered, as well. – Mico Sep 29 '14 at 17:24
• OK I didn't realize this because I had removed the numbering on new chapter pages. Could you direct me to an explanation on how to do this? – Marc Sep 29 '14 at 17:29

The `titlesec` package with the `pagestyles` option lets you define different styles and assign them to 'normal' pages with `\pagestyle{<style>}` or just for the chapter pages with `\assignpagestyle{\chapter}{<style>}`.

Since you are using the book class, you can define the header and the footer for even and odd sides independently. For example:

``````\usepackage[pagestyles]{titlesec}

\newpagestyle{main}{
{\sectiontitle}{}{} %odd
\setfoot[\thepage][][] %even
{}{}{\thepage} %odd
}

\newpagestyle{chap}{
\footrule
\setfoot[\thepage][][]
{}{}{\thepage}
}
``````

And then:

``````\pagestyle{main}
\assignpagestyle{\chapter}{chap}
``````

If I understand your setup correctly, you want the first page of every chapter-level unit, whether numbered or unnumbered, to have no page number at all -- neither at the bottom center of a page nor in the header line.

You haven't indicated how you've achieved this look for the other chapter-level units, but one way of achieving this look globally, i.e., for the entire document, would be to insert the instructions

``````\makeatletter
\let\ps@plain\ps@empty
\pagestyle{plain}
\makeatletter
``````

in the preamble. These instructions "let" the `plain` page style (which prints a page number centered at the bottom of the page) to the `empty` page style. I think you can guess what the main characteristic of the `empty` page style is...

• The "no page number on chapter pages" thing is something I set up (using `\thispagestyle{empty}`, by the way) because I found the change of style not very good looking, and disturbing for the reader. Your solution would perfectly do. But I'd also be interested in a way to have the "corner numbering" everywhere, including chapter pages, which seems doable with your approach. – Marc Sep 29 '14 at 18:23