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Maps in Map Collection

The Map Collection is located on Level 9 of the Central Library and is available to access during open hours.

The Maritz Map Room at the Central Library contains over 700 flat maps for checkout and thousands more for reference. These maps cover world geographies, thematic subjects such as cultures and history, and a wide selection of maps of the United States. The collection also includes thousands of historical reference maps including nautical charts, US Geological Survey maps and global ordinance maps for use in the library. We also offer laminated Green Trails and Custom Correct maps to check out and take on hiking and backpacking adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

The Map Alcove, located at the entrance to the map room, contains Federal land maps and tourist information, cultural and natural history, ecological and geological information, and motor vehicle access routes of National Parks, Monuments, Forests, and more. Also includes CIA maps of world countries and regions that show cities, towns, borders, and important landmarks.

The collection also has other Map Resources including Map File; thematic National Geographic maps, road maps, and recreation maps to borrow for tourist activities, outdoor recreation, and car travel. Maps depict local, regional, national, and international destinations,  Atlas Case; dozens of global, national, historical and road atlases for in-library use and a hands-on raised relief “Orbit Earth Globe” measuring 26’’ in diameter, purchased in 2019.

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About the Collection

The Maritz Map Room opened as part of the new Central building of the Seattle Public Library in 2004. With its opening, over 700 maps that were formerly for in-library use were made available for checkout. The map room continues to allow people to handle and utilize printed maps and appreciate the history of cartography in our ever-digitizing world.