Borrowing Maps and Atlases

Maps, Atlases, and Aerial Photographs in the T. R. Smith Map Collection

Most of the maps and atlases shelved in the T.R. Smith Map Collection can be borrowed by patrons who have valid KU ID cards or resident and reciprocal borrower cards. These maps and atlases may only be checked out at the Circulation Desk in the T.R. Smith Map Collection. A staff member will roll sheet maps being checked out by patrons into tubes for carrying convenience and protection.

For information on the loan period for maps and atlases, visit the loan periods and due dates for circulating collections section of the policy library. Some items circulate for shorter periods.

A small number of reference atlases, gazetteers and other books do not circulate. These may be consulted in the T.R. Smith Map Collection. The same is true for maps from the U.S. Serials Set and for selected sheet maps. Aerial photographs are also noncirculating.

Maps and Atlases in other KU Libraries

Atlases shelved in the general open-access stacks in Anschutz, Watson and other KU Libraries circulate like other books. Maps and atlases located in Spencer Research Library are non-circulating and may be consulted in the Spencer Research Library reading room by appointment.