The paper collection is a non-circulating research collection of sheet maps, globes, air photos, microforms, digital atlases and cartographic reference works. 

Each semester, we compile a list of newly acquired maps and atlases. As of March 31, 2011 the cartographic collection comprised almost 200,000 items including:

  • Sheet Maps: Over 150,000 sheet maps which are broken into 2 categories: thematic & topographic.
  • Atlases: Over 4,000 atlases on a variety of topics and locations.
  • Air Photos: Over 11,000 paper air photos focusing on Ottawa and the surrounding area, including the Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau region.
  • Globes/3D Objects: 31 globes/3D objects are available and can be borrowed from the MADGIC reference desk.