Fifty years ago, the UCSB Library created a separate unit to collect maps and aerial photographs. In 1979, the Map Room was renamed the Map & Imagery Laboratory (MIL) in order to acknowledge its role in supporting research and teaching on campus. In the time since, MIL has evolved into one of the largest unique collections of cartographic materials in the nation. In particular, our collection of historic aerial photographs presents an unparalleled view of landscape change in California and beyond.
*Important Information Regarding MIL*
As of March 24, 2017, the Map & Imagery Laboratory's public service desk is permanently closed. Users can still request maps and aerial photographs via the Library Catalog, email (milrefdesk [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu), and phone (805-893-2779). Please see this news item for detailed information.