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Map Collection

The University Library maintains an extensive collection of maps and atlases. With approximately 50,000 map sheets and 5,000 atlases, the UB collection is one of the larger map collections in the Netherlands. The collection is used in research and education and all old maps are digitized and downloadable.

The VU map collection is primarily an educational collection: a collection created by maps for specific research areas such as geology. The Netherlands occupies a central place, as do the former Dutch colonies. Other European countries are represented, as well as areas outside Europe. The focus is on the 19th and 20th centuries. Many older maps are available as reproductions. Thanks to donations and purchases, the collection also contains original old maps and atlases. Among them are some unique specimens, such as Cranach's map of the Holy Land.   

Digitized maps  

All of the approximately 3,500 old maps from before 1900 have been scanned and included in the VU Imagebase. The maps can be downloaded here and can be used for publications. The easiest way to search for digitized old maps is through the geoviewer. Zoom in on the desired location and a list of the maps that overlap with the zoomed-in area is automatically generated. In the Libguide you read all about searching for maps and using them.  

 Consulting maps  

All individual maps are described and can be found through the library catalog Libsearch. The maps and atlases are not lent out, but you are welcome to come and consult them in the Special Collections Reading Room (main VU building, room 1C-02a; see also opening hours). You can reserve the material through Libsearch; cards requested before 3 pm will be ready for you at 9 am the next workday.  

 

Questions about the collection Maps & atlases?

Please contact Reinout Klaarenbeek, curator at the University Library

+31 20 59 85068

r.klaarenbeek@vu.nl

Questions about Geoplaza?

geoplaza.ub@vu.nl