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Welcome to the Map & Imagery Library webpage! Whether you are browsing our webpage, or visiting our campus, we will be happy to assist in finding what you are looking for. Both our library and our webpage are filled with information. Feel free to ask for help.


A big time-saver for most patrons is the use of the online Library Catalog to find the call number of the map they want before they get to the Map & Imagery Library. When using the Library Catalog, choose the "advanced search" and scroll down the "Location" field to choose "Map & Imagery Library". This will allow you to search for materials ONLY IN THE MAP LIBRARY. An alternative method is to use the keyword search. This search may be performed by typing in the subject of interest in the boxes next to the "Keyword(s) Anywhere" fields. Once a call number is obtained, the Map & Imagery Library staff will be happy to point out where it is located.
If your first search fails, don't give up hope! Try several different searches with different keywords. If the name of a city was used to begin with, searching the name of the state or country that that city is in could be the next option. The Map & Imagery Library also has several resources that are not cataloged, and therefore cannot be found using the Library Catalog. The best way of finding out whether or not we have something you need is to physically come to the library. Unfortunately, due to shortage of personell and legal reasons, the Map & Imagery Library is unable to do research for its patrons. General questions, such as "What years do you have aerial photos for?", or "Do you have any atlases on Ethiopia?" may be answered over the phone, or by e-mail. Any questions that are more detailed must be asked in person, such that the Map & Imagery Library staff may best serve all of our patrons.

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Hours and Location

The Map & Imagery Library is open 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm (exluding state holidays). We are located on the ground floor of Smathers Library (Library East). Our mailing address is:

Library West
Map & Imagery Library
University of Florida
P.O. Box 117001
Gainesville, Florida

Phone: (352) 273-2825

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Anyone can come to the Map & Imagery Library and utilize the resources here. To check out maps though, a patron must have with them their University of Florida photo I.D.. Any patron may photocopy maps from the Map & Imagery Library if a photo I.D. (drivers license, or U.F. I.D.) is left behind. Most maps in the Map & Imagery Library may be checked out for a period of 7 days (with a valid U.F. I.D.). When maps are circulated, a map-tube is issued for the protection of the maps. The maximum number of maps that may be checked out by anyone (even faculty), at any one time, is seven. While in a patrons possesion, it is expected the maps will not be folded, re-folded, taped, tacked, torn, soaked, or marked upon in any way. A fine equal to the value of the map may be levied against the patron if the map is damaged. If the map needs to be displayed for a class or presentation, the Map & Imagery Library can instruct the patron in how to do so without damaging the map. Maps may be returned to the Map & Imagery Library circulation desk during normal working hours. There is an after-hours tube return that may be utilized while the Marston Science Library is open. The Map & Imagery Library, in addition to maps, also may lend out CD-ROMs for a period of 3 days. The maximum number of CD-ROMs that may be checked out by anyone at any one time is three. The CD-ROMs must be returned to the Map Library during normal working hours. The after-hour tube return may not be used because the CD-ROM cases are damaged in the process.
Some maps may not be checked out, either because of the area covered by the map or because of the type of the map. Maps of countries such as Cuba or Iraq may not be circulated because replacements for the maps, if they happened to be lost or damaged, would be near-impossible to obtain. Generalized maps of these areas are produced by the CIA, and may be circulated. The types of maps that may not be checked out are: blueprints, old/ fragile maps, aerial photos, atlases, hardcopy satellite images, and maps on reserve.

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Most of the maps in the Map & Imagery Library may be copied. The exceptions are blueprints and old/ fragile maps. Patrons should be aware of the copyright affecting that which is being copied.

*Photocopies: For information on photocopying please proceed to this page: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/printing/.
*The Map & Imagery Library has one 11 X 17 inch scanner. There is no charge for using the scanner. Patrons will, however, need a Gatorlink account to log onto the workstation. Non-students can pick up a temporary user log on at the circulation desk.
*The Office of Academic Technology is located on campus and has several methods for making reproductions. They will perform this service for a fee. Please contact OAT for informtion specific to your needs.
*Cameras are allow in the Map & Imagery Library and may be used to record images.

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Classes/ Lectures

Throughout the year, orientations and lectures are given to various campus departments at the Map & Imagery Library. Faculty and their assistants may set up appointments for classes by contacting the Library. A minimum of two weeks prior notice is required for classes and lectures. During class, access to some areas in the Library will be restricted.

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