The Evolution of UCSB Library’s Cartographic Collections & Services

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.

In September 2017, the Map & Imagery Laboratory's collections of maps and aerial photos became part of the Library's Special Research Collections (SRC). Spatial data services are now available in  the Library's Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (the Collaboratory).

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