Maps Department - Collections

Size of collections

Cartographic collections - status on 1.01.2019:

:: over 16.000 inventory units

:: overall number of counted items, i.e. sheets of maps and volumes of atlases – over 25.000, including circa 10.000 sheets of map series


:: specialist reference collection from cartography and auxiliary materials (geographical and language dictionaries, bibliographies, printed catalogs, biographies, encyclopedias) – 2.000 vol.

Cartographic periodicals:

:: 32 titles (circa 800 vol.)


:: online catalog of Wroclaw University Library

:: electronic catalog of map collections of University of Wrocław


Electronic catalog of map collections of University of Wrocław is a georeference database containing informations about cartographical documents collected in Wroclaw University Library, and in the future, also in other departments of University of Wroclaw. At present time it mainly consists of data from 10 map series of Poland (more than 10.000 items) from Maps Department of Wroclaw University Library.
This catalog completely changes the way of using the cartography collections and allows to increase their availability by shortening time needed to obtain information about them. Search of documents on the scaled map is mainly based on georeferences. Due to peculiarity of cartographic collections, and especially map series, it is essential to create indexes and coverages of maps. Method of presentation of data in the database includes all types of cartographical materials.
This application is compatible with Digital Library of Wroclaw University and with standard international bibliographical description (MARC 21 format) for cartographical documents that is used in OPAC Catalog of Wroclaw University Library. That kind of compatibility allows to use all of this systems in most efficient way. The "Help" panel with instruction of how to use it is available from inside of the application.
This electronic application in time will replace present traditional paper-card catalog and digitized catalog.

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:: digitized alphabetical catalog of Maps Department


Digitized catalog of Maps Department holds information on catalog description created after Second World War, what makes it also information source about current collection included in Main Accession of Department. What makes it different from other catalogs is that geographical name is the main subject instead of author’s name, like it is applied to books. Subjects could be names of: continents, countries, cities, rivers, mountains etc. Exception from this rule are general atlases, that are gathered under subject „atlas” and war maps, that are arranged alphabetically by war names, and within them: chronologically.

Bibliographical descriptions consist of three elements: geographical name, indicator of map, plan or view type and date of publication of print. Exception from this are historical maps, that have historical event date or period of time included in the title. Facsimile editions of maps are cataloged under original print date and date of reproduction creation is given besides of original date.

Digitized catalog consists only of main and reference cards with geographical names. Catalog of reference cards from authors and types of maps, plans and views, as well as from views, plans and all kinds of reproductions is only available in Maps Department.

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On 31.12.2006 alphabetical catalog has been closed. Information regarding collections, that were acquired and processed after 1.01.2007 are to be found in electronic catalog of Wroclaw University Library.

Traditional catalogs (closed):

Cartographical collections:
alphabetical catalog of cartographical collections
:: reference catalog sorted by creators of maps, plans, sights, themes of maps
:: catalog of section maps
:: catalog of series maps
:: alphabetical catalog of cartographical collections sorted territorially and chronologically – with division on Poland and world, to 1800 and after 1800
:: catalog of publishers of maps and atlases
:: catalog of maps delivered to Institute of Geography and Regional Development of University of Wrocław

Books and periodicals (reference collection):
materials published after 1994 are also available in online catalog of Wroclaw University Library]
:: alphabetical catalog
:: systematical catalog
:: topographic catalog (by call number)
:: alphabetical catalog of periodicals
:: catalog of concordance (parallel) of call number from former City Library with current ones