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Finding Maps

Where to find maps for your research


Atlases are typically large in size so they are usually shelved in special areas. Here are some locations of atlases in our library:

  • Reference Room Atlas Case: This is our main collection of current atlases, which are located outside of room 419 if you are walking from the main reference room toward the Williston level four stacks.
  • Reference Room in the G call number range have smaller atlases that fit on regular shelving.
  • LC X-Folio shelving: are older atlases that are no longer needed in the Reference collection. Browse the G call number range, which is located on Level 2 1/2.
  • Cutter X-Folio shelving: even older atlases that pre-date our 1966 switch from Cutter to the LC Classification. Browse the GZ call number range, which is located on Level 2 1/2.
  • Special Collections: some rare atlases. Ask the Research Services librarians if you need additional assistance.

Check Your Knowledge: Reading Call Numbers

What is a call number? 

Call numbers are the group of numbers usually located on the spine of a book that serve as the "address" of the book. Each book in our library has a distinctive call number. Mount Holyoke uses the Library of Congress Classification system, which is different from the Dewey Decimal Classification that is used in public and K-12 libraries. 

Example of call number order:

N66 .B634 1999
NA 9 .A34 2005
NA 20 .G4 2001
NA 100.G411.2001
NA 100 .G47 2008

How to read call number: N66 .B634 1999

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order
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