The Library is currently re-organizing its cartographic collections.

Spatial data is data that is easily viewable using a standard desktop GIS such as ArcMap or QGIS.

Maps and Aerial Photographs are now part of Special Research Collections.

You can come to the  Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory to access our extensive collections of GIS data and scanned maps.  We have two network drives on our workstations:

Each of these drives contain several subdirectories with a separate category of material organized according to their own scheme.

The MIL directories contain more than 550 titles of scanned maps and geospatial data.  The data in the Public Open Data folder is in the Public Domain and can be used for any purpose.  UCSB-Only Data is licensed or otherwise restricted data--please check the metadata carefully and speak to an Collaboratory staff member if you have questions regarding the use of this data.  
Not all of these folders are described in the Library Catalog.  

Titles of particular interest are:

CD-ROM's and DVD's

A large selection of CD-ROMs and DVDs accessible via UCSB Library Search
See our GI Science Research Guide for tips on searching the catalog for spatial data

Please contact Collaboratory staff if you need help finding or using data.

More information about data both on and off campus:

  • by geography (campus, city, county, state, etc.)
  • by type (elevation models, georeferenced maps, demographic, etc.)

History of the Spatial Data Collections

The UCSB Library has a long history of collecting, providing access to, and developing novel search and discovery tools to spatial data.

In 2014 we assessed more than 20 years worth of collections for inclusion in the new Alexandria Digital Research Library.  We are actively working to include spatial data into this new system.