In partnership with Huxley College of the Environment and to celebrate Geography Awareness Week, the Western Libraries will host an Open House for the Map Collection in its new location in Wilson 2 East on Wednesday, November 14, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
After seven years on the first floor of Wilson Library, the Map Collection has moved to a more prominent location alongside the Tutoring Center and the Daylight Lounge on the main floor of Wilson. The move was part of a larger project to relocate the Disability Access Center and Veterans Services to the first floor of Wilson Library. Work on the maps portion of the relocation took place primarily over the summer and during the first part of fall quarter. Western Libraries staff and faculty express their appreciation to all library users for their patience and understanding during this period.
Open as of early November, the Map Collection invites users to engage with the Libraries’ 75,000 maps, globes, and atlases. The location also offers a new enhanced and improved destination study space and event space. During the Open House celebration, guests can explore the new area, enjoy light refreshments, and learn about some of the resources and services available in the Map Collection, including one-on-one consultations and research help, instruction sessions, workshops, and tours of the Map Collection.
The Map Collection houses a wide variety of resources, including topographic maps of the western United States and Canada, nautical and aeronautical charts, globes, and gazetteers. While maps are available for most geographic areas, the collection is particularly focused on maps of the Pacific Northwest.
For information about other Geography Awareness Week events, please contact Aquila Flower, Aquila.Flower@wwu.edu (360) 650-6487.