Between 1979 and 2017, the Map & Imagery Laboratory assembled collections of maps, aerial photography, satellite imagery and other spatial data that exceeds 5 million information objects. As of 1992, MIL was ranked as the number one spatial data collection in the top 100 members of the Association of Research Libraries. According to the 2006 Guide to US Map Sources, MIL is the third largest academic map collection in the country.  

In July of 2017, Map & Imagery Lab collections and services were split between the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory and Special Research Collections.  The UCSB Library also has access to the map and data collections of Stanford University and the other UC map libraries.

Aerial Photography and other remote sensing data

The imagery collection is composed of 2.5 million physical aerial photographs and extensive born-digital imagery.  


With about 450,000 sheets, the map collection is one of the largest in the state.  In addition to a comprehensive collection of materials for Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties, we also specialize in foreign medium- and large- scale topographic maps.

Starting in Fall of 2017, maps will be available via Special Research Collections.

Digital Data

We are currently reorganizing access to our spatial data collections.  Please contact us if this website does not help you. 

The digital data collections are growing at about one terabyte per year and is composed predominantly of physical sciences datasets, satellite imagery, and digital mapping data of the United States and other Earth locations.  Thousands of scanned aerial photographs are also part of this collection.

Special Online Collections