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Welcome to the Map Collection

The Map Collection at the University at Buffalo is the largest in Western New York. It contains over 350,000 maps, 6,000 aerial photos, and more than 500 atlases covering all regions of the world, with emphasis on Buffalo and Erie County, New York State, the United States, Canada, and the University at Buffalo campuses.


Location: The Map Collection is located in Room 316 on the 3rd floor of Capen Hall inside the Silverman Library.


Hours: Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Closed Saturday, Sunday, and holidays (see building hours).


Map Librarian: The Map Librarian David J. Bertuca can be contacted directly at 716-645-1332 or send email.


Assistance: Reference assistance, including online searching, cartographic interpretation, and information regarding the purchase of maps, is available. Office hours for map reference are: Tuesdays 10 a.m.-12 noon and Thursdays 1p.m.-3 p.m. You may also contact the Reference Desk at 716-645-2945 or send e-mail.


Borrowing: Maps in the Map Collection (except for those in Map Reference & Atlas Collections) may be borrowed by UB students, faculty, staff, and by those with other borrowing privileges.


Scanning & Copying: Color scans of maps can be made in the library using the free, public scanner located near the circulation desk on the 1st floor; please note that this scanner can make 8.5 x 14 inch scans. Black-and-white photocopies (8.5 x 11 inch) can be made using library copiers; to make color photocopies, items must be checked out and taken to a copy shop, such as Great Lakes Graphics & Printing in the UB Commons, Suite 105, 716-636-8440.


Instruction: Class instruction and research workshops can be provided upon request. Contact the Map Librarian David Bertuca at 716-645-1332 or dbertuca@buffalo.edu to schedule an instructional session.


Arrangement: Most of the maps in the collection have been cataloged and are included in the UB Libraries Catalog. The Map Collection is arranged using several methods. Maps are arranged by: (1) title (alphabetical); (2) by Library of Congress call number; or (3) by U.S. Government SuDocs number for government-issued maps. Using the catalog will assist you in determining which system to use for a particular map/atlas.

The floor plan below shows the arrangement of maps by type and call number.

map collection floor plan

Download floor plan (PDF)


Support This Collection: We encourage donations of maps, aerial photos, atlases, and other cartographic materials of any type, including travel maps in brochures, road maps (historic or new), custom-produced maps, and GIS files or data sets from research or classes; contact the Map Librarian, David J. Bertuca.