An Introduction to the Map Section
The Map Section supports the basic research and instructional needs of UIC by making accessible a cartographic materials collection of over 170,000 maps, 1,000 atlases, 4,000 aerial photographs, and a small collection of map-related reference books. Besides meeting the scholarly and curricular needs of faculty, students and staff, many of the cartographic materials held have been found relevant to personal and recreational interests. As the largest collection of its type available at a public university in the Chicago area, the Map Section also serves local college and university personnel, the local business community, and the general public.
User services are provided at the Documents and Map Desk, 3rd floor center. Reference and information assistance is available in person, by telephone, by mail or through electronic mail. Group orientation and bibliographic instruction are available by appointment. Circulation privileges are available to individuals who are part of the University of Illinois community and to local business and public libraries.
As a member of the Earth Science Information Center (ESIC) network, the Map Section provides public information on the cartographic and earth science products of the U.S. Geological Survey.
Please contact the Map Librarian for additional information regarding the Map Section and its services.
The collection includes:
--topographic map series of the U.S. and most other areas of the world
--city street maps
--geologic and other natural resource maps of the U.S.
--geologic maps of foreign areas
--national park and national forest maps
--aerial photographs of Chicago
--aerial photographs of the six county northeastern Illinois area
--flood prone area maps of northeastern Illinois
--wetlands inventory maps of northeastern Illinois
--thematic maps of U.S. states and most countries of the world
--historic city plans and views
--aeronautical charts of the U.S.
--nautical charts of Lake Michigan
--general world atlases
--historical and other thematic atlases
--19th century maps of Chicago and Illinois
--late 19th and 20th century fire insurance maps of Chicago and other Illinois cities
--17th and 18th century maps of the Great Lakes area
--16th to 19th century maps of Eastern Europe and the Russian Empire