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Geotrip: A Guide for People Doing Field Work in the Geosciences: Map Holdings FAQ

Field guides, maps, and GIS data for researchers, students, and interested academics who do geologic field work.

Table of Contents

> Introduction

Field Guides
> Major Collections of Electronic Field Guides
> Field Guide Search Tips: Dissertations, the Library Catalog, Special Collections
> New Field Guides from Springer

Map Holdings FAQ
> Finding Maps in Orbis
> Geospatial Data
> Extent of Holdings

Digital Maps 101
> Q&A
> GIS Data: New England
> National & International Resources

Printing and Other Services
> Interactive Technologies
> Printing

Dive Into GIS

Colonialism and the Geosciences
> Resources for Inclusive and Just Geosciences
> Books in the Catalog
> How to Search Articles+ for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Content
> How to Search the ProQuest Natural Sciences Collection for EDI Content

How Do I Find Map Content in the Catalog?

If you experience any difficulties when searching for maps, please contact a librarian for assistance.

  1. Go to Quicksearch:
  2. Enter in a keyword. In the picture below, I chose Wind Cave.
  3. Under the refinements, select "Maps & GIS." It's a bit of a scroll in the formats selection area.
  4. You can narrow down further using the facets, but for this search, there are only a few maps.

Finding map resources

Is there a short list of the types of maps held in the Yale libraries?

The Yale University Library has many collections of maps. All maps need to be viewed by appointment.

The largest map collections on campus include:

  • Rare maps, atlases, and other map-like materials are included in the Beinecke's collections.
  • Maps held at the Library Shelving Facility (LSF) that can be delivered to libraries on campus for viewing. Depending on the access controls, the maps need to come to Marx Library or to Manuscripts & Archives for viewing.
  • Non-rare maps are held at Marx Library in the lower level's Map Room. We opened the map room during the academic year of 2017-2018; it is now available for appointment-based use! Questions can be directed to the Marx Library email address (

Other maps, atlases, and geospatial data are distributed around the Yale libraries. Several centers, including the Yale Center for Earth Observation, store remote sensing and geospatial data.

If you would like to identify geospatial data held within the Yale University Library, please contact a librarian for assistance.

Science Research Support Librarian

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Kayleigh Bohemier
Please email me or use the Schedule Appointment button. In-person and virtual (Zoom) appointments are both possible. Please note that Science Hill is a 15-minute walk from central campus, and there is a temporary entrance due to construction.

My default ONSITE days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. During the semester (not during breaks!), I am onsite on Thursdays. I am OFFSITE most Mondays.


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