Library Map Collection Tour


Image via David Jones, Uni Library

The Library Map Collection currently holds in excess of 130,000 items from around the world, some being more than 500 years old. The collection was brought together as an amalgamation of cartographic material from multiple university departmental libraries in the 1960s.

The Map Collection enables and facilitates access to geospatial resources by students and staff, including aerial photography and open data.

One of the largest map collections in Australia, it includes:

  • Several hundred Geographic Information System (GIS) datasets and digital maps,
  • More than 15,000 historic hard copy aerial photographs,
  • More than 5,000 general and thematic atlases,
  • Plans of major cities,
  • Digitised historical maps,
  • Globes,
  • Books and reference works, and
  • More than 100,000 printed maps.

Accessing the map collection:

– You can find most items in the collection via the Library Catalogue.

– The library provides access to several hundred GIS and digital map datasets.

– See over 15,000 aerial photos of Melbourne and Victoria.

– Access the collection of over 15,000 rare and historical maps, many related to the history of Melbourne.

– Topographic and Geological Maps are available in the Catalogue, along with Land and Soil reports.



Interested in seeing some of this expansive collection and learning more about the available resources? Register now for the upcoming Tour of the Library Map Collection

Date and time: Tuesday 23 July 2019, 11:10 – 11:40 am

Venue: Maps Collection, Room 410, Eastern Resource Centre

Map Curator & Geospatial Resources Librarian Mr David Jones will give a short presentation concerning the role of the University’s Library Map Collection and offer a chance to see some of its rare treasures.

Places are limited as the tour will be conducted within the normally closed access area. This tour is intended for research staff and students at the UoM.

See more information and register here.



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