Map Library

Map Library

Established in 1968, the Department of Geography Map Library is the largest collection of cartographic material in Saskatchewan. A comprehensive collection of maps, atlases, cartobibliographies, periodicals, air photos, and other reference materials is maintained. The Map Library is extensively used for research, seminars, and teaching purposes by the faculty, students and researchers from various departments of the University. As the centre for cartographic information, it also provides reference and consultation services to other educational institutions, government departments, business community, and the public in general.

Location CL 316

Winter 2020 - Hours of Operation

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Map Collection

The map collection includes maps from all areas of the world on a variety of subjects. Major acquisitions consist of:
  • global, continental and regional scales covering a variety of physical and human themes
  • topographic maps ranging in scale from 1:2,500,000 to 1:25,000
  • thematic maps on many subjects:
    • political and administrative maps showing countries, states, provinces, counties, municipalities, census divisions, electoral districts, and town plans
  • physical maps showing geology, hydrology, geomorphology, geophysics, relief, soils, vegetation, climate and weather
  • Canada Land Inventory land capability maps
  • human and economic maps showing population, land use, agriculture, minerals, industry, trade, transportation, urban analysis, etc.
  • historical maps
  • navigation charts

Aerial Photographs

The collection provides comprehensive coverage of Saskatchewan and is augmented with national and international sets both in bound and unbound formats.


Specialized and rare maps, atlases, gazetteers, and other reference materials are available. Reference and consultation services are provided.


Faculty and staff of the University may borrow maps. Students and off-campus users require permission from the department cartographer, Mark Cote  or the Department Head.

GIS Assistance

Unfortunately, assistance with GIS is no longer available.  If you require GIS assistance (or anticipate needing it), please consider either dropping a note in the Library Suggestion box near the elevators on the main floor of Archer Library or sending a message to

Dates and Hours of Operation

Generally open 1 week after the start of each semester (usually Fall and Winter, occasionally Spring/Summer), closed all university holidays including dates allotted for final exams at the end of each semester. For hours of operation each semester, please contact the Department of Geography.