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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Guides to Map Collections

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maps area atlases and books

Atlases & Books

Atlases and related books are located in the shelving along the northern border of the Dooley Map Library. Atlases and books circulate with the same loan periods as books in the General Collection unless marked with a "For Reference" sticker on the inside book cover. Oversized Atlases are on display on the maps island parallel to the shelf. Typically, oversized atlases do not circulate due to size and fragility. For more information click here.

Aerial Photos

The aerial photograph collections cover many parts of the State, with an emphasis on South Central Minnesota. Some photo sets date back to the 1930s and all are available to be checked out. For more information about our physical air photos, including a unique collection from Minn. Department of Transportation, click here. The Library has digitized two unique air photo sets of the Mankato area. The 1959 set is available here, and the 1967 set here.

Map Collection

The map collections make up the largest portion of the materials available in the Dr. Mary T. Dooley Map Library. The collections include maps of all kinds, with the largest percentage made up of the US Geological Survey 7.5 Minute Topographical Maps. The Library has coverage for the entire United States with only a few exceptions. All maps circulate. Learn more about these collections here.

Soil Surveys & Plat Books

Soil surveys are available for most counties in Minnesota and the many in Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Soil surveys circulate and a list which are available can be found here. The Library also has a collection of Minnesota plat books. Plat books can be searched in the online library card catalog using the keywords "plat book" followed by the county name and like the soil surveys also can be checked out.

Travel Guides

The Library maintains a collection of travel guides to various destinations around the world. Like many materials in the Dooley Map Library, these are available to be checked out. Students are encouraged to use these books while considering study abroad or other educational travel. While the Library has guides from multiple publishers, Lonely Planet guides are kept reasonably up to date. More information about travel guides can be found here.