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Map Department

Cartographic materials

The centre for cartographic materials is the map department with its two reading rooms, where readers can consult more than a million maps and related literature on cartography. The holdings of around 450,000 items published between 1500 and 1939 (Haus Unter den Linden) rank among the most important collections in the world, especially because of the large quantity of manuscript maps from the 18th and 19th centuries. Within the framework of the special subject collection 'Topographic maps' the German Research Foundation (DFG) has especially funded the modern holdings since 1940 (Haus Potsdamer Straße) so that every year several thousand map sheets are being added to the modern holdings.

Some smaller, yet often especially valuable collections and single items, mostly original hand drawings, are in the care of the Manuscript department, the Oriental department, and the East Asia department