Map Collection

Noble Science and Engineering Library
​Arizona State University Library
Phone: (480) 965-3582
E-mail: Map E-reference

Library Guide

Visit the Map Collection Library Guide for updated information about the Map Collection.

Location and Hours

The Map Collection is located on the 3rd floor of the Noble Science and Engineering Library on Tyler Mall on the ASU Tempe Campus. Check the campus map for library locations and visitor parking.

Please check the online schedule for current hours or call (480) 965-3582 for more information.

The Collection

The ASU Library's Map Collection contains more than 200,000 maps, 20,000 aerial photographs, 2,800 atlases and reference materials related to maps and cartography. The Map Collection includes cartographic materials on a wide range of geographic areas and subjects. The Collection's emphasis is on contemporary and historical maps related to the Phoenix Metro Area, Arizona, the Southwest and Mexico. The Collection's aerial photography includes current and historical aerial photography primarily of Maricopa County and other Arizona regions.

The Map Collection receives a large portion of its maps through the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program. Examples of cartographic materials received through the depository program include U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps and geologic maps, U.S. Forest Service maps, Central Intelligence Agency maps, and federal spatial datasets.

Collection Access

As part of the U.S. Federal Depository Library Program, the ASU Map Collection is open to the ASU community as well as the general public.

Maps in the Collection can be searched using the Map Index, one of the ASU Library's specialized databases, or by using the Online Catalog. The Map Index contains records on more than 90% of the maps available in the Collection. Each record in the Map Index includes information on the title, author, date, scale, subject and the geographic area covered by each map or map set. Holdings for map sets and series in the Map Collection are available on paper indexes in the Collection. Historical maps, formerly held in the Department of Archives and Manuscripts are available in the Map Collection and can be searched in the Map Index or Online Catalog.

The Online Catalog contains records of recently acquired maps of all ages and most maps published since 2006. Reference books and atlases can also be searched using the Online Catalog.

Circulation and Reproduction

Most maps in the collection circulate for standard loan periods. See the ASU Library Loan Policy for more information.

Maps should be checked out at the Map Collection Information & Check Out Desk. Some of the CD-ROMs also circulate. Aerial photographs, atlases and other non-circulating materials must be used in the Map Collection.

A 11"x17" scanner is available for use in the Map Collection to scan non-copyrighted materials. Portable drives or CDs are recommended for storage. Collection staff will provide general scanning instruction, but will not scan materials for users.

Copy machines are available in Noble Library.