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Maps & Cartographic resources: Home

Come to the Map Room and travel the world. The collection has cartographic and reference materials in a variety of formats that cover the entire Earth.

The Map Collection

Panoramic view of the Map Room

The Collections

The Library's Map Room is the location for cartographic materials in a variety of formats. With a collection of over 200,000 sheet maps, 5000 atlases, 80,000 aerial photos, and 50,000 maps in microform, the map collection also has an expanding collection of maps in a digital format. The Map Room also has a collection of Sanborn fire insurance atlases, along with a teaching collection of globes and wall maps and has an extensive reference collection of gazetteers, place-name guides, geographical dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, directories, and guide-books.

The Map Room has four large worktables for patrons to use. Paper or digital copies of maps from microforms can be made from self-serve microform reader scanner/printers on the 3rd floor of Bird Library.

To Access the Maps

The maps, atlases and other cartographic materials are cataloged in the Classic Catalog or in SUMMON. A member of the staff will be glad to assist you with any questions you may have regarding the collections or finding the materials you need.


Most maps can be circulated or checked out at the Maps/Documents Service Desk on the 3rd floor. A valid SU or SUNY-ESF ID is required. Atlases, Reference titles, and aerial photographs do not circulate. Please look for the map of the floor plan of the Map Room when you enter the collection where the various collections are located and a complete list of items that circulate.

Map Room Hours - COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the map room is closed until further notice.

Other LibGuides of interest


New and exciting maps, atlases and geospatial data available in the map room or from the Maps & Cartography resources guide.


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John Olson
358 Bird Library

Individual appointments for in-depth reference inquiries are also welcome through MS Teams.
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View from the map room entrance

Welcome to the Map Room