Map Collection: Home

Western Libraries contains a collection of maps from all over the world, but the main focus is on the Pacific Northwest.

Location, Hours and Contact Information

Inside the Map Collection

The Map Collection is located in Wilson Library 2 East (WL 290).  

Fall Quarter (September 17 - December 20, 2019)

Office Hours:

  • Monday - Friday         

               11 a.m. - 3 p.m or by appointment

  • Saturday & Sunday - Closed

To schedule an appointment, tour, or instructional session please call us at (360) 650-3272 or email


What Does The Eagle Mean?

WWU is a part of the Federal Depository Library Program.  That means the U.S. government sends us publications for free - including maps - and Western is required to make them available to the general public.  There are over 1,000 federal depository libraries and they are all marked with the eagle logo.  (Northwest Indian College in Whatcom County is another one.)

More about Western's Government Information collection.

More about the Federal Depository Library Program.

Giving to the Map Collection

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions of materials and/or monetary gifts throughout the years.  To make a financial contribution, please email Madeline Kelly or phone (360) 650-4320.  Donations can also be made online or by mail to the Western Foundation, Western Washington University, 516 High Street MS-9034, Bellingham, WA  98225-9034.  Please designate your contribution to Western Libraries and identify "Map Collection" as the area you wish to support.  

Your donations go toward the programming and materials needs of the collection and to support the academic mission of Western Libraries and Western Washington University.  


The Map Collection is a multidisciplinary collection of cartographic materials, housing over 75,000 contemporary and historic maps including atlases, reference books, and globes.  The collections covers many areas of the world, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest region, and parts of western and northern Canada.  The collection supports the teaching, learning, and research needs of students and educators at all levels and academic fields, as well as community members and the general public.  We offer tours, in-class instructional sessions, research assistance, and public programming to promote the discovery and use of the collection.  


The Wilson Library Map Collection

Upcoming Events

This photograph shows the southeast face of Mount Proboscis, of the Logan Mountains in Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada's Northwest Territories. describes Proboscis as

Please join us on Wednesday, February 26th from 4 to 5 pm for our next Speaking of Maps event.  Renowned aerial photographer John Scurlock will give a talk entitled, “Mapping Mountains: Aerial Photography in the Remote Ranges of North America,” during which he will speak about the difficulties he has encountered photographing alpine terrain in regions that have been poorly mapped and seldom visited, with few named features.

“Speaking of Maps” are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, in teaching and learning, and in daily life.

For disability accommodations please contact Dennis Matthews at (360) 650-3272.




Speaking of Maps program (past speakers)

Mapping Mars
Writing a People's Natural History Guidebook
Archival Evidence for Historical Changes
What's in a Name?
Maps as Lenses on Nazism
Building a Digital Atlas of the Pacific Northwest
Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet, Part II
The Story of the Salish Sea


Map Collection Sustainability Award

We recently received Sustainability Office Certification! 

You can read about it at the WWU Sustainability Office website.

Map Collection Manager

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Dennis Matthews
360-650-3272 (Map Collection)