The map collection of about 500,000 sheets is principally medium and large-scale topographic sheets of physical science data and specialty mapping. About 60,000 sheets date from before World War II. Access to the collection is by appointment only. The maps are located on the 3rd floor of the Ocean Side of the Library. All requests to use our department's materials will first require a Special Collections Research Account.
We use our own call number system for maps at the UCSB Library. A breakdown of geographic areas and their corresponding numeric code is presented in an outline. We also have a guide for reading map call numbers. Using Library Search, you can browse the cartographic collections by choosing "Browse Search" and changing the "browse by" pull-down menu to "Other call numbers."
A list of maps held in our collection focusing primarily the Goleta and Santa Barbara areas.
Information about the California topographic maps held in our collection as well as other sources for these maps can be found here. All scales and most editions of USGS topographic maps are available online via Topoview (National Geologic Map Database), the USGS Map Locator & Downloader, and the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer (in partnership with Esri). More about topo maps.
Scanned indexes to the many medium- and large-scale international topographic maps we collect are available at the above link. We also have a pdf list of foreign topographic maps in our collection.
The UCSB Library collects geologic maps at a variety of scales. More about our collection and other resources may be found here.