The Map Collection at Virginia Tech, the largest in the State outside of the Washington, D.C. area, is divided into two primary collections. Original historic maps are located in Special Collections on the first floor of Newman Library. A Guide to the Map Collection in the Special Collections Department, Newman Library, Virginia Tech, inventories the collection. The majority of maps are housed in the Map/Atlas Section on the first floor of Newman Library.
Topographic coverage of the U.S. and foreign areas produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, Defense Mapping Agency, Australian National Mapping Agency and others form the backbone of the collection. Other important map series include maps of the Census Bureau, CIA, National Geographic Society, National Forest Service and the National Park Service. The collection is rounded out by an extensive collection of state and city road maps, raised relief maps, reproductions of historic maps and views, and nautical and aeronautical charts.
Several digital mapping resources are available. Software and data for map creation, such as ArcView (for Arc Info formatted data files), LandView (for TigerLine and other U.S. government data files) and Map Expert (for roadmaps of the U.S.), are located at the Library Information and Assistance Desk, Torgersen 3300. Additional digital mapping resources can be found on the Maps, GIS and Cartographic Data Page.
Maps are divided according to format. Folded road maps are found in boxes arranged in alphabetical order by state for the U.S. and by country for the rest of the world. Flat map sheets are stored in map cases arranged by continent, country and country division. Access to the collection is by browsing the appropriately labeled drawer or box. Few maps are cataloged and are available on Addison.
Atlases, gazetteers and related reference materials are also available in the Map/Atlas Section. These complement and assist in interpreting the information available on maps. They are cataloged and available on Addison. Materials with the location designation of Newman/Maps, Newman/Maps/Folio and Newman/Maps/Reference are located in this Section.
Reference is provided from the Business, Humanities, and Social Science Reference Desk on the second floor of Newman Library (231-9232). Difficult questions may be referred to Bruce Obenhaus (phone: 231-6181) or Ed Brooks (phone:231-9225).
Maps circulate on a limited basis. Check at the Reference Desk, second floor, for the maps lending policy. Atlases and gazetteers in the Map/ Atlas Section labeled Reference or Non-circulating do not circulate. All other book materials may be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
Sun, May 12: open 7:30am*
Mon-Tue, May 13-14: open 24 hours*
Wed, May 15: close 8:00pm
Thu-Fri, May 16-17: 7:30am - 8:00pm (break hours begin)
Sat-Sun, May 18-19: 9:00am - 6:00pm
*During 24 hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30am.