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. However, 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. Oversize atlases are also located here.The print maps are located in labeled drawers and cabinets in call number sequence, and are all available for browsing.
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:
Gazetteers are directories of geographical place names. They also often contain information on the area's population, statistics, and physical and geographical features, and are useful in conjunction with maps.
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, which you can find listed in our Online Maps section.
UBC has an extensive collection of over 2.5 million air photos of BC and the Yukon. This collection is external to the Library. The air photos are held by the Geographic Information Centre, which is located in the UBC Geography Department. Refer to the Air Photo Collection page for information on visiting the collection or ordering air photos.
If you would like to browse the print map collection of Canadian maps, you can find geographical areas by the call numbers listed below. For help understanding UBC Library's call numbers, see this guide.
|Prince Edward Island||G3450-G3459|
UBC Library's collection includes print maps of countries across the globe. Here are the call numbers of geographical areas to help you locate maps and atlases in our collection. The print maps are located in labeled drawers and cabinets in call number sequence.
For help understanding UBC Library's call numbers, see this guide.
|Latin America||G3292 L|
|United States (Central)||G4040-G4204||G1385-G1459|
|United States (Mid-Atlantic)||G3790-G3852||G1245-G1279|
|United States (Northeastern)||G3710-G3784||G1205-G1243|
|United States (Pacific and Mountain)||G4210-G4384||G1460-G1534|
|United States (Southern)||G3860-G4033||G1280-G1377|