The Library is currently re-organizing its map collections.
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. Starting in the fall of 2017, these collections will be available for use in Special Research Collections. In the meantime, please visit us on the 1st floor, Ocean Side during business hours.
Additional cartographic resources at the UCSB Library:
- Spatial Data Services
Esri software support, ArcGIS Online, and terabytes of data
- Aerial Photography
Access to our scanned airphotos is now free. Scanning and research requests are being handled by our Special Research Collections department.
- Spatial Data Collections (including scanned maps)
These are available by visiting the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory and accessing our nearline digital collections.
- MIL locations in the UCSB Library Search discovery interface will be changed the the Collaboratory and Special Collections to reflect our new organizational structure.
- Our collection of more than 5,000 atlases and reference books will be split between SRC and open stacks.
- CD-ROM's and DVD's will be moved behind the main service desk in the Paseo.
Remember! Only 60% of the map collection is cataloged. To search the maps and books holdings, use the UCSB Library Search. If you don't find the items you're looking for, send an email with your request to the MIL reference staff at milrefdesk [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.
We use our own call number system for maps at the UCSB Library. An outline of the call number system used in MIL. We also have a guide for reading map call numbers. You can browse the cartographic collections that use these call numbers by changing the 'browse by' pull-down menu to "Other call numbers."
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.
MIL collects geologic maps at a variety of scales. More about our collection and other resources may be found here.
A list of maps held in our collection focusing primarily the Goleta and Santa Barbara areas.