Map Collection

The Map Collection Reading Room is available to UChicago students, faculty, and staff Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Students, faculty, and staff may also request scans of maps in the collection online.

The Map Collection Reading Room provides a unique opportunity to incorporate historical maps and digital tools in research and learning. We welcome students and faculty to explore our physical collection and Digital Collections.

UChicago faculty began collecting maps in 1927. Now housed in the Library, the collection includes over 475,000 maps, 10,000 air photos, 2,000 books, and hundreds of gigabytes of spatial data.

We have a large format high resolution scanner, workstations with geographic information systems software, and instructional equipment for visiting classes.