Map Library

The Map Library houses the maps, equipment, and book collections of the Department of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University. The Map Library is located in HSS 289.


Contact the Map Library

Map Librarian: currently unstaffed

Please contact Erica Maciel for assistance.

Online Checkout Site (must have a student or faculty account to use):

Map Library Hours*

Currently Closed for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020


*Volunteers sometimes watch the Map Library when the Librarian is out.  Students may not return or borrow equipment during those times.  

If you need assistance and the library is closed, please contact Erica Maciel in HSS 279 at (415) 338-2049 or


Collections and Access

The library is a resource for geography students and other members of the campus community, and is open to the public. The map librarian can assist visitors in locating materials necessary for completing projects and assignments. If the library does not have materials that users need, the librarian will direct users to other sources. Materials available in the map library include, but are not limited to:


  • Maps
  • Field Research Equipment
  • Atlases
  • Dongles
  • Assorted Small Equipment (Calculators, Rulers, etc.)
  • Water Quality Equipment
  • GNSS/GPS equipment


Field Equipment

Enrolled students may borrow equipment for geography class projects or independent research by presenting a student I.D. Professor approval may be necessary. Equipment is generally available for up to two weeks at a time, but borrowing periods may be shorter due to demand. Some equipment requires prior experience or training. All equipment must be returned clean and dry to the map librarian by the due date.


Suggested Online Resources

GIS & imagery Data Sources

UC Berkeley Earth Sciences and Map Library

Clark University Map Library

University of Virginia Digital Map Library

Appalachian State University ArcSDE Database and Map Library

Free outline maps

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

San Francisco Estuary Institute Regional Data Center

National Map Viewer

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