Michigan State University

The Map Library remains closed as a service point. We look forward to serving your GIS consulting and map-related needs via email and phone. Some of our non-circulating materials could be scanned, and others could be made available for viewing at a designated location. Circulating items may be paged using the library catalog’s Get It! Button. Please see our website for links to online resources and to the Ask a Map Librarian form

Lending Policies

Circulating Atlases

Approximately 4,500 atlases and texts about maps and cartography circulate with the same loan periods as other normal library materials and are available for interlibrary loans including Melcat requests.  

Geologic Maps

Approximately 14,000 folded geologic maps from the various USGS series and state geological surveys circulate freely.  They are searchable in the library's catalog. They may be identified by the location "MSU Map Library Compact Shelving". Ask at the Map Library service desk, as the folded Geology maps are in locked stacks.

Non-Circulating Materials

Most other Map Library items do not circulate except by special permission. This includes oversized atlases (designated as Supersize or Flat Atlases), sheet maps, globes, and reference books.  Special Permission will not be granted for anything determined to be rare or fragile. The main library has several options for scanning and copying items and the Map Library also has two oversized scanners.  Please contact the Map Librarian for more information.