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About the Mansfield Library Map Collection


The Mansfield Library has a collection of approximately 250,000 maps. The library's collection generally focuses on Montana and the history of the West. However, the library also has a broad collection of maps from the rest of the world. Here are some examples of the types of maps that you can find in our collection:

  • Topographic maps of all fifty states
  • Road maps of foreign countries
  • Geologic & hydrologic maps of many parts of the U.S.
  • World War II-era Army Map Service maps of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance maps
  • BLM mineral management maps
  • Coastal navigation and air traffic maps

Maps are found on two floors of the library:

Maps on Level 1 of the Library

Level 1 holds a large collection of maps from around the world. These maps may be checked out for 7 days.

Maps on Level 4 of the Library

The Archives & Special Collections Reading Room holds the library's Regional and Historic Maps collection. These maps are primarily of Montana and the Northwestern United States. Maps in the Regional and Historic Maps collection do not circulate, but most may be photocopied or scanned in the Paw Print.

Maps in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room are available for browsing Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and by appointment with Archives & Special Collections. If you need help locating a map in this collection, the reference desk in the Archives & Special Collections Reading Room will have personnel on hand to assist you.


Hannah Soukup
Archives & Special Collections
(406) 243-2053