Services | Circulation
Policy | Equipment
The Map Section supports the basic research and instructional needs of UIC
by making accessible a cartographic materials collection of maps, atlases,
aerial photographs, digital geospatial data, and a small collection of map-related
reference books. Besides meeting the scholarly and curricular needs of
faculty, students and staff, the collection also serves local college and
university personnel, the local business community, and the general public. 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.
Reference and information services are available in person (appointments
recommended), by telephone, and by email. Group
orientation and bibliographic instruction are available by appointment. Please
send us email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Genealogical Research Support*
The staff of the Map Section is available to provide basic reference services
for genealogical research, such as assisting patrons to look up places in
gazetteers or to check historical boundary and name changes of places using
historical atlases, but we do not undertake extensive research for genealogists. Also,
it should be remembered that the UIC Library's map section holds relatively new
cartographic materials (i.e. most maps were published after 1900)
and also mostly small-scale maps (i.e. maps covering a relatively large
region/area, and thus they may not provide the level of detail needed for
genealogical research), except for the United States Geological Survey's historical
large-scale topographic map series. Thus, patrons may not find the
maps that they need to identify their ancestry's birth places in a foreign
country from our collection.
Genealogists who are looking for large-scale foreign maps may need to contact a map
library that holds extensive collection of historical
cartographic materials. Please consult us for more
information on other map collections. Genealogists doing much U.S. research may want
the Newberry Library
in Chicago first, which has extensive
genealogical collections in the U.S. General research support for Chicago
genealogy is also available at the
UIC Library Special Collection
, and at the
Chicago Historical Society Research Center.
Using Maps in Genealogy - by U.S. Geological Survey PDF |
Circulation privileges are available to individuals who are a part of the
University of Illinois community. Material may also be loaned to local
business and public libraries, for in library use only, but are not loaned
directly to individuals from outside firms or other libraries.
Circulation policy also may vary depending on the type of materials. Most atlases
and maps circulate for one week. Atlases may be charged out at the Main
Library Circulation Desk (1st floor south) and circulating maps may be
charged out at the Documents and Maps Service Desk (3rd floor center).
Computer discs (CD/DVDs) do not circulate.
A photo copier is available for public use, and is located on the same floor
next to the stairs (between the atlas shelves and the government document shelves).
For more information, please visit the Library's photocopying service
The library does not yet have other equipment available for public use. An
equipment wish list
to serve better the needs of cartographic material users includes a large-format scanner and a
large format plotter. We welcome donations of such equipment. Contact: email@example.com.