The Geoffrey R. Weller Library has a collection of more than 8000 maps, located on the 2nd floor of the library. The focus of the collection is Canada, and more specifically central and northern British Columbia, but our collection does span the globe. This guide will give you an overview of the types of materials collected, as well as information on how to access the maps.
The maps in the UNBC Map Collection are non-circulating, and are limited to in-library use only. Exceptions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Contact the Data Services Librarian if you have questions about our circulation policy.
Patrons may retrieve maps of interest for themselves, as well as browse the collection. If you would prefer to have a map retrieved for you please stop at the circulation desk and request map assistance (you may need to come back at a later time to access the map). To keep the maps in good condition, take the following steps:
Our map collection includes both catalogued and uncatalogued material - what does that mean for you? Part of our collection can be found by searching the online catalogue, but some of it will only be discovered by browsing the cabinets.
You'll notice our collection includes sections for Canada and British Columbia (as well as other provinces and international locations). What do these distinctions mean?
Maps from the Canada section are produced by national organizations, and come from series that cover the country of Canada as a whole (for example, our NTS series maps). These maps will include more detailed maps of smaller regions, but are classified at the series level.
Similarly, British Columbia maps are often produced by provincial organizations and cover the province of BC. This section also includes maps that are not part of any series, but that cover locations in BC.
Maps don't have the same type of bibliographic information as a book or article, which can make them intimidating to cite. This publication: ACLMA Recommended Best Practices in Citation of Cartographic Material covers everything from a single map sheet to a globe (and everything in-between) which can be used in conjunction with your citation style guide to ensure you include all necessary information in your bibliography or works cited.
Most citation styles manuals will provide specific rules and examples for citing different types of maps. Find your required citation style guides for details.