The University of British Columbia Library's extensive collection includes maps, atlases, and gazetteers. The collection is focused first on Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, and British Columbia, as well as the rest of Canada. There are also numerous maps of countries around the world, and on diverse themes or topics including cultural, social, geological, demographic, historical, military, and nautical. In addition, you can find resources in the UBC Library on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartography, and the history of maps and map making.
Most of the UBC Library print map collection, as well as atlases and gazetteers, can be found on Level 2 of Walter C. Koerner Library. The print map sheets are located in labeled drawers and cabinets in call number sequence and are all available for browsing. Additional print maps are available at Rare Books and Special Collections.
The Library also has a number of digitized map collections, as well as other online maps and resources.
There are several different ways to search for print maps, atlases, and other related material in UBC Library's collection.
Tips for searching for maps in the UBC Library Online Catalogue:
This is a condensed version of quick tips on searching the UBC catalogue. For a more detailed outline see here
Gazetteers are directories of geographical place names. They also often contain information on the area's population, statistics, physical, geographical features, and are useful when used in conjunction with maps. Knowing the proper names and details of a geographic location will often help your research go more smoothly.
To find gazetteers in UBC Library's collection, go to the UBC Library Online Catalogue and search using the name of the place (such as "Canada" or "Beijing") and the word gazetteer.
There are also a number of online gazetteers, some of which you can find listed in our External Map Resources section.
UBC has an extensive collection of over 2.5 million air photos of BC and the Yukon. The air photos are held by the Geographic Information Centre, which is located in the UBC Geography Department, external to UBC Library. Refer to the Air Photo Collection page for information on visiting the collection or ordering air photos.