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

The Map Collection is located in Wilson Library 1 West (WL170).  


Summer Quarter (June 20 - August 18, 2017) 

  • Monday - Friday          11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  
  • Saturday - Sunday      CLOSED

***Closed June 12-16, 2017***

We can also be reached by email or phone (360) 650-3272.


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 Rob Lopresti or phone (360) 650-3342.  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 home to more than 70,000 maps and other cartographic resources.  


Upcoming Events

WHAT:  Speaking of Maps - Aquila Flower: Building a Digital Atlas of the Pacific Northwest

Understanding processes and patterns that cross international borders is challenging due to a pervasive lack of cohesive datasets that cover both sides of the border. We have been building an online Atlas of Pacific Northwest that will act as a geospatial data clearinghouse for cross-border datasets. Our first addition to the Atlas is a harmonized demography dataset for which census records from Washington and British Columbia have been spatially and temporally unified, allowing for seamless analysis of demographic change across the US-Canada border.

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017 4-5 p.m.

WHERE: Map Collection (Wilson Library 170)

This presentation is free and open to the public.

“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.

Speaking of Maps program (past speakers)


Map Collection Sustainability Award

We recently received Sustainability Office Certification! 

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


Rob Lopresti

Wilson Library 275
Website / Blog Page


Korean students visit map collection