Map Library

  • Sanborn Map of LA Plaza

    Geography Map Library

  • Panorama of Sanborn Research Room
  • Image of San Francisco topo map
  • Map of Mexico
  • Street Map of Pacoima
  • Title Insurance Map
  • World Wonders 1939 Map

Geography Map Library

The Map Library will be closed from Monday, August 7th to Friday, August, 18th. Please contact the Geography Department for any questions regarding the Map Library during this time. 


The Geography Department Map Library contains a research-level collection of historical, thematic, and government document maps in support of CSUN students, staff, and faculty. The map collection is international in scope and covers the world's major regions with particular emphasis on maps of southern California, Los Angeles, and the San Fernando Valley. Patrons can find historical road and tourist maps, topographic maps of the United States, WWII maps from the Army Map Service, U.S. Forest Service maps, geologic and bathymetric maps, and maps from the Bureau of Land Management. The Map Library also contains one of the premier collections of Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases in the country, including more than 4,000 detailed survey maps from locations throughout the western United States.

The Map Library Reading Room is an open study space available to all patrons and includes a collection of scholarly books, atlases, and a reference service point. If you have questions or would like to access the collections, please stop by the reference desk and speak to a Map Library staff member.

The Geography Map Library is also a Congressionally designated depository of maps published by the U.S. Government. Access to government documents is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code).