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Fall 2016 Hours:


8:30a - 5:00p

Closed on weekends

Closed September 5

Fall Break (November 21-23)

1:00p - 5:00p

Closed November 24 and 25

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Update (August 17, 2016)
The Map Library will be OPEN on Wednesday, August 24, and Thursday, August 25, but access will only be possible via the elevator on the east side of the Main Library building. Materials housed in the Map Library's office, such as Sanborn fire insurance maps and pre-20th century maps and atlases, will not be accessible.

The hall floors in the Main Library will be replaced during summer 2016. Construction begins on May 16 and is anticipated to last the entire summer. The schedule has been changing weekly, if not more often, and we may need to be closed for short periods with little advance notice!!  Please call ahead of your planned visit (217-333-0827) during our regular summer hours (Monday-Friday, 1-5p) for specifics. If we don't answer, we aren't here!  Thanks for your understanding.


The Map Library is the University Library’s primary location for cartographic materials including maps, atlases, and Illinois aerial photography flown between 1939 and 2005. The collection includes more than 625,000 maps and photographs. Map and atlas coverage includes worldwide materials produced during the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. Complementary to the cartographic materials, the Map Library is home to texts on cartographic techniques and map interpretation, history of cartography, geographic information science (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, spatial statistics, and place names. Additionally, the Map Library can assist in obtaining access to geologic mapping housed at the Oak Street Library Facility. The Map Library serves as a resource for the entire campus, the state of Illinois, and national and international users.

The University of Illinois Map Library is open to the public. Everyone is welcome! A University of Illinois ID is not required to use materials within the library. A valid University ID is required, however, to check out materials.

The library offers outlets for laptops, a limited number of desktop computers, and a desktop scanner for patron use. Food and drinks are NOT allowed in the library. No drinks of any kind, even in “ spill-proof cups,” are allowed. NO exceptions! Please help us preserve our unique collection for future researchers.

If you are coming from a distance to use the collection, please contact us in advance to discuss your research needs and ensure the library will be appropriately staffed on the day of your visit. Materials can be held at the desk for returning researchers. Please tell us at the end of the day if you will need materials again.

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