We are currently updating our circulation policies to reflect our new organization structure.  The information on this page is out of date.


Free downloads of USGS topo maps are available from USGS.

Map scanning is only available for UC users.

UC users may wish to have sheet maps scanned by the Library's Digitization Center. Up to 12 maps will be scanned for free for UC users. Use our Map Scanning Form to submit a scanning request. Scanning requests requiring payment must be accompanied by a Map Scan Order Form. Forms are available for download.

For scanning projects of more than 12 maps, please contact milrefdesk [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (MIL staff).

Photocopies of portions of maps are also available in color or black and white. Our copiers can make 8 ½” x 11” and 11” x 17” copies.

Atlases and Books

Atlases can provide great illustrations for term papers and PowerPoint presentations. Photocopiers are available in MIL, however, we recommend scanning pages from our atlases. Self-service scanners are available in the Government Information Center, located outside MIL. Most of our atlases can be borrowed. Visit our circulation page for details.

Aerial Photographs

Reproductions of our aerial photographs are generally available free to UC users. Fees apply for non-UC users. Visit our Aerial Photography Reproduction page for options. Non-UC users can request aerial photography research and reproductions at the AIRS website. For UC users interested in aerial photography research, visit the UC Aerial Photo Research page.

Digital Data

MIL has CD-ROMs, a large dark archive, and older web-based systems containing digital data available for download, borrowing, or copying. For assistance using digital data, contact the milrefdesk [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (MIL reference desk). MIL is happy to provide all users with Public Domain data. Restrictions may apply to licensed data.

To learn more about available digital data, check out our digital data page.