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Maps: How to Find a Map

Finding Maps at UCSD

Step 1: Start a Search

For the most complete results, do a keyword search in the the Library catalog. Type in the place name and the word, "maps". For example, california maps.

Step 2: Search Results

Roger responds with all maps, atlases and related material for each subject category, from the general to the particular. The number of items for each subject category is given. Clicking on a subject/category and then clicking on a title will reveal the location details, including holding library and call number (you need both).

Step 3: Shelving Locations

When maps are listed as "Maps Cases, Geisel Floor2 West" or "Maps File Cabinets, Geisel Floor 2 West," they can be found on the 2nd/Main Floor in map cases and filing cabinets. Map cases and cabinets are in order, left to right. Call numbers progress from the top to the bottom. All maps are marked with call numbers following the Library of Congress Classification Schedule for G (Geography).

Step 4: Map Cases

Drawers must be fully opened to access the contents easily. Most drawers have a protective vinyl tarp which can be curled back.

Step 5: Arrangement

Maps are shelved in the map drawers face down, in call number order, from lowest number to highest. Maps to be refiled are on top of the brown paper insert used to protect the other contents.

Step 6: Series Indexes

Series maps usually have graphic indexes filed at the beginning of each series. Indexes are usually marked to show sheets in the collection. Sheets not held can often be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan by UCSD students, faculty and staff, or found on the internet. Please ask if you cannot find an index.

Step 7: Sheet Identifiers

All maps are marked with call numbers corresponding to the Roger record. Here, the map is one in a series filed under G3200s, and it is hand annotated with the sheet number.