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Conducting Research in the Map Collection

Do You Have a Map Of ... ?

Looking for historical maps or air photos? The Map Collection is a rich resource of scholarly materials, geospatial data, and reference materials to support your research in the fields of geography, geology, urban studies, and Los Angeles history.

Most of the Map Collection's cartographic resources are uncataloged and located in closed stacks. However, librarians and staff are available to help you find maps, air photos, and GIS data for your research projects. To request a research consultation, please stop by the Map Collection Reference Desk (Oviatt 26) or send an email using the "Ask a Research Question." Please allow approximately 24 hours for email inquiries. Once we have located the requested materials we will contact you to schedule a viewing appointment.

Our Reading Room & Service Desk

The Map Collection Reading Room is located in Oviatt 26 (Garden Level) and is available for studying and browsing. Materials in the Reading Room (books, atlases, government documents) are non-circulating, but staff are available to help you find and use cartographic resources. The Reading Room has two (2) computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office software, ArcMap, Photoshop, Illustrator, and QGIS.

Visit staff at the Map Collection Servivce Desk (OV 26-B) for research help.

Access to the Collections

Historical cartographic collections are located in closed stacks and not open to general browsing. However, Map Collection librarians and staff are happy to help you with your research questions and pull materials for you to use, in consultation with the Map Curator. To access the collections, please stop by our Reference Desk in Oviatt 26 (Garden Level), email us using the "Ask a Research Question" form, or call during business hours to make an appointment at 818-677-3465. We will do our best to assist you.

Government documents are always freely accessible to any member of the general public.  Note: There are fees associated with some services, such as scanning and printing. Therefore some requests will require patron approval prior to processing.

Research appointments are encouraged.