Minnesota Collection

Until further notice, access to the Map Library is limited to library staff only.

For access to many of our maps, aerial photographs, and other physical materials, please search for the item in Libraries search. Sign in and place a “Get It” request and you can pick up items at one of our four open buildings — Wilson, Walter, Health Sciences, and Magrath libraries — or have them delivered to your office or residence hall.

For access to non-circulating materials or for in-depth research assistance, please send an email to mapref@umn.edu.

Choose one of the links below or click an area on the map for information about our Minnesota collection.

Aerial Photography | Maps | Books & Atlases | County Highway Maps | Flat Folios | Plat Books | Thematic & Topographic Maps | Traffic Volume Maps


Minnesota Collection Layout



Aerial Photography

Coverage for the State of Minnesota from the late 1930s to date in paper, negative, 35mm slide and digital formats; please visit our Aerial Photography in the Borchert Map Library page for holdings information

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Books & Atlases

Books, atlases and reference materials for Minnesota, including soil surveys, street atlases, place name guides and more.

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County Highway Maps

County Highway Maps for all Minnesota counties. Sporadic coverage for most counties dating back to 1936.

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Flat Folios

Oversized books, atlases and reference materials for Minnesota, including whole-state atlases, Boundary Waters maps and more.

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Plat Books & Atlases

Maps displaying property boundary and ownership information for Minnesota counties. Please visit our Minnesota County Plat Maps and Atlases page for holdings for holdings information.

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Thematic & Topographic Maps


Early maps of the Territory and State; selected official state, county and city publications.


U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps at a scale of 1:24,000 for the entire state. For 1:24,000 old editions, 1:100,000 or 1:250,00 scale maps of Minnesota, please see our section on USGS Topographic Maps.

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Traffic Volume Maps

Maps displaying annual average daily traffic (AADT) and heavy commercial average daily traffic (HCADT) throughout the state. Collection includes historic Traffic Volume maps dating back to 1941 for some counties. Select maps dating back to 1999 are available online from MN/DOT.

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