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Maps & GIS

Since the 1950s, UNB Libraries has been building a working collection of maps and as of the 1990s has been adding spatial data to extend our research and teaching as the data become available (and affordable). The UNB Map Room has compiled a list of useful Internet sites of federal, provincial and international sources of cartographic material to supplement the print collection found in the UNB Libraries collection. Many items from the collection may be found in WorldCat, UNB Libraries' catalogue, and most items in the collection may be borrowed for a period of two weeks, subject to the same terms and conditions as other materials in the UNB library system.

Facilities in the Map Room include drafting tables, a light table, and large study tables. Cartographic material in the collection includes:

  • New Brunswick mapping, including NB Forestry spatial files, property spatial data, and print land grant maps
  • Canadian National Topographic System maps and associated data files from Natural Resources Canada
  • Many Canadian geophysical and geological maps
  • Travel and road maps for maps for major Canadian and US cities
  • Selected foreign topographic maps
  • The Geological Society of America Map and Chart Series
  • Over 700 general, regional, and subject atlases of all parts of the world
  • Books relating to cartography, air photo interpretation, and historical cartography

General Resources

Spatial Data


Freely Available

GIS Software

Spatial data files require GIS software to use. The University of New Brunswick has a site licence for academic use for ESRI products (such as ArcGIS) and for CARIS products. Contact David Fraser for information on accessing these programs, registering for ESRI's Virtual Campus courses, or CARIS training.