The Clark Library Map Collection holds materials from all parts of the world, with a growing focus on urban cartography. We have extensive reference holdings for the study of maps and the history of cartography, including many specialized cartobibliographies. Our collection consists of over 370,000 maps and about 10,000 atlases and reference works. Online databases, catalogues and other digital resources supplement the print collections.
How to access maps and atlases:
- Visit us in person to view items that match your areas of research. If possible, contact us ahead of time so we can get started before you come in.
- View images online in our digital collection of images of maps from our collection, or use the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal to search our collection along with many digital map collections. This collection is a subset of our print collection, but is continually growing, and is mostly items from before 1924.
- Patrons can request to have items from our collection scanned by filling out the Clark Library Scan Request Form.
The Map Collection is the principal collection for cartographic materials at the University of Michigan, with an emphasis on both historic and modern mapping, including digital resources. We house the largest collection of printed maps in the state of Michigan, and one of the largest at an academic institution.
Our holdings include a wide range of cartographic materials, including maps, atlases, gazetteers, geographical dictionaries, and many reference works.
Our subject strengths include: aeronautics, archaeology, early and modern cartography, history of cartography, cartographic projections, celestial charts, climatology, cities, forestry, historical geography, political geography, geology, geospatial data, hydrology, land use, map catalogs, map collecting, mineral resources, mining, nautical charts, roads and views.
We support the teaching and research activities of faculty, staff and students in a wide variety of disciplines.
The Clark Library loans some materials to other institutions. Individuals not affiliated with the University of Michigan should contact their local library for details. If you have questions about collections held by the Clark Library please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org .
For materials not held by the University of Michigan, interlibrary loan or photocopies of maps may be provided by another library. UM affiliates seeking materials not held by the University should contact the Interlibrary Loan Department.
Our geographic strengths include: