Map Collection

Map Collection

Map Collection

The Map Collection is a multidisciplinary collection of cartographic materials, housing over 75,000 contemporary and historic maps including atlases, reference books, and globes. The collection covers many areas of the world, with a focus on the Salish Sea, the Pacific Northwest, and parts of western and northern Canada.

Our primary focus is to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of Western Washington University students and educators. We promote the use of and access to local, state, regional, and federal resources through scholarly research and public programming. We are committed to fostering an inclusive and equitable teaching, learning, and research community across the Salish Sea region.

The Map Collection also hosts "Speaking of Maps," which are quarterly talks designed to highlight the use and value of maps in research, teaching and learning, and in daily life.

Contact Us at the Map Collection

Map Collection

The Map Collection is located in Wilson Library 2 East (WL 290).  

Western Libraries buildings will remain closed to library patrons through the end of fall quarter, but the library continues to be open online and is providing online access to library services and collections. Map Collection staff are working remotely so you if you would like to schedule an appointment, tour, or instructional session please call us at (360) 650-3272 or email mapcollection@wwu.edu.

Giving to the Map Collection

We would like to thank everyone for their generous contributions of materials and/or monetary gifts throughout the years. To make a financial contribution, please email Dennis Matthews or phone (360) 650-3272. Donations can also be made online or by mail to the Western Foundation, Western Washington University, 516 High Street MS-9034, Bellingham, WA  98225-9034. Please designate your contribution to Western Libraries and identify "Map Collection" as the area you wish to support.

Your donations go toward the programming and materials needs of the collection and to support the academic mission of Western Libraries and Western Washington University.