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Maps at VPL

The VPL map collection includes maps and atlases of every description: from street maps of present-day Vancouver to historical atlases of ancient Rome, from bathymetric maps of the ocean floor to geological maps of Jupiter's moons.

INTRODUCTION TO THE MAP COLLECTION

Most of the maps in Vancouver Public Library's map collection are located on Level 6 of the Central Library.

The map collection includes maps and atlases of every description: from street maps of present-day Vancouver to historical atlases of ancient Rome, from bathymetric maps of the ocean floor to geological maps of Jupiter's moons. Most of the material is held in the Map Area which is situated between the elevators and the Genealogy section. Historical or rare maps, especially of the Pacific Northwest, may be found in the Special Collections Department (Level 7). A great many atlases are found on Level 6, but some can be found throughout the library's collection. Atlases may be identified and located by using the library catalogue.

Check out our different pages describing the extent of the map collection and how to identify the maps you need and determine where these maps are physically located. Throughout these pages, the term Access describes how to identify maps of interest, while the term Location describes where the maps are physically located in the Central Library.