Map Library

  • Sanborn Map of LA Plaza

    Oviatt Library Map Collection

  • Topo map of Zelzah
  • 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



The Map Library (SH171) adheres to all applicable Oviatt Library policies. Some additional Map Library policies are outlined below. 


Reading Room Collection (Books, Atlases, & Reference): The books and atlases within the reading room are cataloged and can be searched in OneSearch. Materials are non-circulating and may be used within the reading room during normal business hours.

Government Documents Collections: The Map Library is a participant in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) and holds government maps from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Army Mapping Service (AMS), National Park Service (NPS), among others. Access to government documents is guaranteed by public law (Title 44 United States Code). Please contact Map Library staff for research assistance and to access the collections.

Other Cartographic Collections: Most other cartographic collections (historical maps, aerial photos, Sanborn atlases) are maintained in closed stacks and are accessible by appointment with an established research purpose. Please contact Map Library staff to set up a research consultation.


Food and beverages are not allowed in the Map Library Reading Room. Water in a secure lidded container is permitted only when no cartographic materials are being used, displayed, or exhibited on Reading Room tables. No food or drinks are permitted in the staff processing areas or in the closed stacks area of the Map Library. Tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes, are prohibited. 


The Map Library Reading Room is considered a collaborative space where noise levels will vary due to group study and interactions at the service desk. Please follow other noise policies outlined by the Oviatt Library:

  • Be considerate of others and use a conversational "indoor" tone of voice;
  • No party atmosphere, yelling, or shouting;
  • Set cell phones to vibrate;
  • Use headphones with personal media;


The conference room (SH171A) is reserved for SBS administrative and business purposes only. Map Library staff do not control or make reservations for the conference room. For questions about using the conference room, please contact the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Office of the Dean.


The Map Library maintains a cost-recovery fee structure for some services, including large-format printing, scanning, and duplications of copyright-compliant cartographic materials. Please see the fee structure below.

ServiceCSUN Patrons
(Students, Staff, Faculty, Admin)
Non-CSUN Patrons
Aerial Photo Duplication
Medium-resolution scan (600ppi)*
 $10/item $15/item
Aerial Photo Duplication
High-resolution scan (1200ppi)*
 $15/item $20/item
Printing Maps
(Digital -> Print)
 $10/map sheet $15/map sheet
Scanning Flat Maps
(Print -> Digital)
 $10/map sheet $15/map sheet
Duplicating Maps
(Print -> Print)
 $15/map sheet $25/map sheet
Scanning Large Format Historical Atlases
(Copy Stand)
 $10/map sheet $20/map sheet

Other Fees

Sanborn Atlas Research "Pull" Fee$10/volume
Lamination$2/linear foot
Viewing government document maps (USGS, BLM, etc)No charge (normal reproduction fees shall apply)