Maps & Geospatial Data

Featured Exhibition

antique world map drawn in color
Map of Inclesmoor Yorkshire produced in a dispute during 1405-08 over rights to pasture and peal.

Our current Featured Exhibition is Maps are Territories: Science is an Atlas: a portfolio of exhibits.

The content in this resource is from Maps Are Territories: Science is an Atlas, a book by David Turnbull, with a contribution by Helen Watson with the Yolngu community at Yirrkala.

The site is broken into exhibits that are focused on different aspects of map history and theory, like chapters in a book. The exhibits include image examples of different types of maps from various time periods and parts of the world. The site also provides a list of further reading suggestions.

The site opens with this introduction:

In 1987, a team of three people – David Wade Chambers, David Turnbull and Helen Watson – began a systematic review of cross-cultural content in the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science. In Maps are Territories, one of several publications resulting from that collaborative scholarship, David Turnbull analyses maps both as a metaphor for knowledge and also as a major means of knowledge representation in a wide array of cultures.


Many, but not all, of the above resources can be found through the UNH library catalog or these specialized databases.

Where Are Maps and Air Photos Located?

The Class of 1943 Map Room

  • Located on Level 3 (Main Floor) of Dimond Library
  • Open weekdays from 8 am – 4 pm; weekend hours may be available by special arrangement
  • Map Room maps only circulate to UNH faculty and staff; air photos do not circulate
  • Collections may be browsed
  • One computer is available for public use and one for consultations

Other Map and Geospatial Data Locations

  • Circulating maps and atlases are in the regular stacks and the government documents collection
  • Non-circulating atlases are in the Dimond Library reference collection, near the Map Room
  • CDs and DVDs may be requested from the Government Information Unit or at the Reference Desk; most of these circulate

Geospatial Software

  • Google Earth and topographic map software is available on the Map Room public computer and the two Government Information computers near the Dimond Reference desk
  • ArcGIS is available for use by UNH students, faculty, and staff on cluster computers
  • Additional software is available on the Map Room consultation computer

Library Services

Map Reference Services

  • Reference assistance is available via phone, email or in person
  • The Government Information staff can help locate materials in the UNH collections, assist in searching for online maps or data, and evaluate interlibrary loan options

Geospatial Reference Services

  • Assistance with geospatial software is limited to helping patrons find specific data layers and evaluate them for suitability for specific uses
  • Work with patrons by appointment with ArcGIS, ArcView, Google Earth and some other geospatial products; ArcGIS and ArcView are only available for non-commercial uses
  • Additional assistance is available at the Geospatial Services Center

We are unable to create maps for patrons or help with data analysis.

Other Services

  • The Government Information staff can make arrangements for classes to meet in the Map Room for specific assignments or makes specific materials available for student use in the Map Room outside of class
  • UNH students, faculty and staff may also suggest purchases