About | Background | Collection
| Location | Hours
The UIC Library’s Map Section is a part of the Government Documents,
Maps and Microforms Department. The Map Section acquires, catalogs and maintains
its collection to make the cartographic materials available to both the general public
and UIC affiliated members. The collection includes mostly recent maps,
charts, aerial photographs, atlases and electronic spatial information which is acquired mostly through the Federal Depository Library System.
Some other cartographic materials are also available from
the Richard J. Daley
Library's Special Collections (mostly maps/atlases published prior to 1900 -
for example, old maps of Chicago area, including the original paper Sanborn Fire Insurance maps) and from the
microform section of the Government
Documents, maps and Microforms Department (Sanborn Maps of Illinois and
other areas & building permits in the microfilm format.) For more
information on our collection and services, please send us email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UIC Library’s map collection dates back to 1957 when the campus was
the University of Illinois’ Chicago Undergraduate Division (UI-CUD) located
at Navy Pier. Its core collections were: the post WWII, AMS depository map
collections and depository status transferred from the Newberry Library
(maps of foreign areas), the USGS map depository status transferred from
the Western Society of Engineers (current maps of the United States), duplicate non-depository maps transferred from the UIUC Geography and Map
Library (maps of foreign areas acquired by UIUC Map and Geography Library
through its participation in the Library of Congress, Geography and Map
Division’s summer map program) and the earlier editions of USGS depository
maps transferred from the Newberry Library to the University of
Illinois at Chicago Circle (UICC) in 1973.The Map Section
was a unit within the Special Collections Department until October 1980 and
then was transferred to the Documents Department.
The collection is the largest of its type available at a public university in
the Chicago area. The scope of the collection is worldwide, with a focus on the Chicago Metropolitan region, which includes six northeastern
Illinois counties. Due to the Map Collection’s history, the collection
is considered as relatively new. The cartographic materials included in
the Map Section are composed primarily of sheet maps and
aerial photographs, paper prints of remote sensing imagery, digital
relief maps and globes are also collected.
The cartographic reference collection includes specialized reference tools
such as gazetteers, cartobibliographies, periodicals, and government
publications that related to cartographic materials and map librarianship.
Additional resources are available through government and private websites.
These tools aid the Map Section Staff both in service to patrons and in
performing their daily work.
The Map Section is located on the third floor in the Richard J.
Daley Library on the UIC East Campus in Chicago, Illinois. UIC campus maps
are located on the
UIC web site.
are also available from the web site. Patrons are advised to use mass transit
), as on-street parking is extremely limited and difficult to find. Please
UIC Parking Services Customer Service Office
at (312) 413-9020 for more information about parking at UIC.
Government Documents, Maps and Microforms Department
University Library M/C 234
University of Illinois at Chicago
801 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 996-2738
(image - left) Source: City of Chicago GIS & USGS
Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
* During holidays, UIC breaks and interim periods, please refer to the
UIC building hours.
* Opening hours are subject to change without notice - please contact us at (312) 996-2738
to inquire about specific hours.