The Map Library is the University Library’s primary location for cartographic materials including maps, atlases, and Illinois aerial photography flown between 1935 and 2005. The collection, one of the largest academic map collections in the United States, includes more than 628,000 maps and aerial photographs. Map and atlas coverage includes worldwide materials produced during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. Early map and atlas publications are represented by high-quality modern facsimile reproductions. Complementary to the cartographic materials, the Map Library is also home to texts on cartographic techniques and map interpretation, history of cartography, geographic information science (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, spatial statistics, and place names. The Map Library serves as a resource for the entire campus, the state of Illinois, and national and international users.
Map and Geography Librarian Jenny Marie Johnson will talk about the collection and about work being done to provide access to collection materials to individuals beyond the Library’s walls. She will also highlight some recent acquisitions and personal favorites and place them into the context of the collection as a whole.