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The Yale Map Collection

The Map Collection has the largest collection of maps in Connecticut and one of the largest university collections in the United States. Its collections are geographically comprehensive and consist of over 200,000 map sheets, 3,000 atlases, and 900 reference books. The Collection receives maps and charts on deposit from the U.S. government agencies, and through gift and purchase. The Collection also houses approximately 15,000 rare (pre-1850) sheet maps. Though these cover many areas of the world, most pertain to North America, the United States, and New England. There is also a sizeable reference collection and a small, selective serials collection.

Location and Hours

The Map Collection is located on the seventh floor of the Sterling Memorial Library, and is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 1:00 - 5:00 PM. Appointments can also be made to visit the Collection at other times.


Items in the Map Collection do not normally circulate. Items from a small collection of wall maps may be checked out for short term or semester use in classrooms. When other materials are needed briefly for classroom presentation, exhibition loan, or similar purposes, special arrangements can often be made with the curator.


The Map Collection has a photocopy machine capable of making black and white copies of sheet maps up to 36" x 48" in size. For color copies of non-rare materials, items may be checked out for reproduction at a local, commercial printing service. Maps in bound volumes may, at the discretion of the curator, be copied on a standard photocopier. Arrangements for photography -- prints, slides, etc., -- can be made with the Yale Audio Visual Center.


Orientation tours of the Map Collection may be arranged with the curator. Class assignments requiring use of the Map Collection are encouraged, and small-group presentations can also be accommodated.

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