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Map Department

Tasks / Profile

The map department has always been regarded as Germany's centre for cartographic holdings. It collects maps, atlases, views, and specialist literature from every country and in every language.

Holdings as of September 2015:

  • 1,135,000 map sheets (among these are 30,000 manuscript maps)
  • 2,900 CD-ROMs
  • 35,000 atlases
  • 36,500 books on cartography
  • 630 globes

On behalf of the Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) the department takes care of the special subject collections
14.1 Kartographisches Schrifttum and 28.1 Topographische Karten, the time period 1801-1912 of the
Sammlung Deutscher Drucke (maps and views). Furthermore it holds the map collection and library of the
Gesellschaft für Erdkunde zu Berlin, which are on permanent loan, and it is also the depot library of the
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kartographie.

The foci of the collection reflect the department's functions and the history of collection growth. Topographic maps of different scales and types from every country of the world are collected and listed in the separate database Topo-List. The department acquires literature on cartography: relevant publications, journals, collections of articles, or exhibition catalogues covering all pertinent subject areas. The material which is international in scope is also catalogued and classified in the Bibliographia Cartographica.