Map Collection: Collections

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

Aerial Photography

Western's collection of approximately 32,000 aerial photographs can be found at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, located in the Goltz-Murray Archives building. Emphasis is on the Puget Sound Region, especially Whatcom County, but there are representative sets from different areas of the United States.


The Libraries own more than 1,000 atlases. You can find them in the catalog under the Subject heading Atlases.  In many cases, library users can answer questions of a geographic nature by referring to an atlas first, rather than trying to retrieve a sheet map of a particular area.

Index of Galaxies

Map of North America

Map of North AmericaDonated to Western Libraries by Mr and Mrs Dell Verge, 2013.

General Information

One of the maps that can be found in the Map Collection

The Map Collection houses a wide variety of resources including: topographic maps of the western United States and Canada, nautical and aeronautical charts, globes, and gazetteers.  We also have many other types of maps (physical, political, geologic, climatic, road, etc.) from all over the world.  More than 15,000 maps are in our catalog, and we are adding more every day.


  • U.S. Geological Survey-- topographic & geologic maps.
  • N.O.A.A. Nautical Charts
  • N.G.A. Nautical Charts (formerly N.I.M.A. and D.M.A.)
  • N.G.A. Aeronautical Charts (formerly N.I.M.A. and D.M.A.)
  • Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources -- geologic maps.
  • Canadian Government-- topographic maps.
  • Other maps

Study space

Study space