Wellington City Libraries

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Our map collection

The library has two main collections of maps at the Central Library: a lending collection of travel and historical maps, and a reference collection of New Zealand and Pacific topographical maps and nautical charts.

Where the maps are kept

The travel and historical maps are shelved at the start of the Travel and History collection North end of the 2nd floor adjacent to the enquiries desk.
The topographical maps and nautical charts are kept in large cabinets in the New Zealand Collection, these can be found at the Victoria street side, south end of the 2nd floor beside the elevators.

Searching the catalogue for maps

The lending maps can be searched for on the library catalogue. Using the Subjects search option is the easiest way. For example, India Maps will bring up references to all of the maps that the library has of India.

africa    Africaaustralia    Australia
south america    Brazil, South America etccanada    Canada
china    China (incl. Hong Kong)france    France
germany    Germanygreat britain    Great Britain
india    Indiaitaly    Italy
japan    Japanmiddle east    Middle East
pacific islands    Pacific Islandsscandinavia    Scandinavia
spain    Spainusa    USA

The reference maps are not in the catalogue. However, inside of each of the cabinets is an index explaining what is kept in each.

Other sources of information

Atlases are found mainly in the large and extra large sections at the Dewey number 912. All branches will have a selection.

Travel Guides can be located on the general lending shelves of all branches. Using the library catalogue they can be searched a number of ways.
One method is to enter the location and "travel" into the Keywords option, for example, India travel.
Another option is to enter the name of the country and then guidebooks as a country Keywords search type, for example China guidebooks.
Alternatively, you might enter the location and then a particular series, for example, Lonely Planet in the
Keywords option.

Books about Cartography can be found on the general lending shelves between the Dewey numbers 526 and 526.99.

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