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About the Map Library

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.

About the Borchert Map Library

Collection and services

The John R. Borchert Map Library serves the University of Minnesota community and the State of Minnesota, including other academic institutions, corporate patrons and the general public. Borchert Map Library student staff members are available to assist patrons in locating materials and using maps and aerial photos. Scanners are available for use in the Automated Cartographic Information Center and photocopiers are available in the basement level of Wilson Library. Patrons may also bring cameras to the library to photograph fragile maps and materials. NOTE: For in-depth research assistance please make an appointment

Circulation policy

University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, Friends of the Library and special privilege users may borrow books, atlases and maps. Books and atlases circulate for the University Libraries’ standard loan periods. Aerial photographs circulate for four weeks. Maps circulate for one week. Journals circulate for one week. Large or heavily used atlases and rare materials do not circulate except by special permission. Fragile items do not leave the library and may not be photocopied.

Make a gift

The John R. Borchert Map Library Fund helps to strengthen the John R. Borchert Map Library, part of the University of Minnesota's Department of Geography, Environment, and Society, through the purchase of maps and equipment, support of students, and further development of the library staff.

Contact information



John R. Borchert Map Library

S-76 Wilson Library 309 19th Ave. South

Minneapolis, MN 55455 612-624-4549


Ryan Mattke, Map & Geospatial Information Librarian
Head, John R. Borchert Map Library

Dana Peterson, Library Assistant

Melinda Kernik, Spatial Data Analyst & Curator

Karen Majewicz, Geospatial Project Metadata Coordinator

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Automated Cartographic Information Center

Established with a large federal grant and completely upgraded in Fall 2002 with substantial funding from the College of Liberal Arts, the Automated Cartographic Information Center (ACIC) is a state-of-the-art Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis laboratory.

Ten computer workstations are available to Borchert Map Library patrons for geographic research. Each workstation is equipped with a wide range of GIS and supporting software, providing access to the Borchert Map Library’s large and growing collection of digital geospatial data as well as data available via the Internet.


  • Feed-through sheet scanner (up to 44" wide)
  • Flat-bed (up to 11" x 17") and slide scanners
  • DVD and CD-ROM writeable drives
  • Color and B&W laser printer (printing fees apply)


  • ArcGIS & ArcGIS Pro
  • QGIS
  • Adobe Elements
  • Microsoft Office 


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