How to Find a Map

The following tools will assist you in locating maps. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to consult the map librarian.

ROGER, UC San Diego Library catalog, finds maps, atlases, and related books at UC San Diego(see steps below).
Map Finder is a locator for map series. It is tied to many of our catalog records or can be accessed alone to find sheet coverage. It works best from coordinates of latitude and longitude found in online gazetteers, such as GNIS (domestic) and GONET (foreign). The list of map series produced in Map Finder can then be searched for in Roger to find the UC San Diego call number and library location.
CIRCUIT finds maps, atlases, and related books at UC San Diego, SDSU, USD and CSUSM.
MELVYL finds maps, atlases, and related books at all of the UCs.


The steps below will assist you in locating materials in our Map Room:


Step 1: Start a Search

For the most complete results, search by SUBJECT. Type in the place name and the word maps. For example, california maps.


Step 2: Search Results

Roger responds with all maps, atlases and related material for each subject category, from the general to the particular. The number of items for each subject category is given. Clicking on a subject/category and then clicking on a title will reveal the location details, including holding library and call number (you need both).


Step 3: Shelving Locations

When maps are listed as in "Geisel West Learning Commons Map Case," they can be found Geisel West 2nd floor in map cabinets. Map cabinets are in order, left to right. Call numbers progress from the top to the bottom. All maps are marked with call numbers



Step 4: Map Cabinets

Drawers must be fully opened to access the contents easily. Each drawer has a protective vinyl tarp which can be curled back.



Step 5: Arrangement

Maps are shelved in the map drawers face down, in call number order, from lowest number to highest. Maps to be refiled are on top of the brown paper insert used to protect the other contents.



Step 6: Series Indexes

Series maps have graphic indexes filed in binders near the Map Room office to provide sheet numbers needed in addition to the call number, or you can use Map Finder. Indexes are usually marked to show sheets in the collection. Sheets not held can often be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan by UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff.



Step 7: Sheet Identifiers

All maps are marked with call numbers corresponding to the Roger record. Here, the map is one in a series, so it is hand annotated with the sheet number (G14A11).