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map of Illinois rivers

The Map Library is the University Library’s primary location for cartographic materials including maps, atlases, and Illinois aerial photography flown between 1935 and 2005. The collection includes more than 630,000 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, using the e-mail address found above, 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; just tell us at the end of the day if you will need materials again.