How to Find Materials in the AGS Library
Materials in the Online Catalog - PantherCat
To limit a PantherCat search specifically for materials in the AGS Library collections, select "Quick Limit: American Geographical Society Library" when searching.
AGS Library maps and atlases are arranged using the unique, region-based AGS Classification System. Monographs and reference materials are arranged using the Library of Congress classification system.
Materials in the AGS Library Card Catalog
Researchers often enjoy searching and browsing the card catalog for their own materials. The underlying arrangement of the card catalog and the number system used for older materials is geographic. There are separate sections for books, maps and serials. All maps relating to a place are entered under the name of the place and then sub-arranged according to the category of the map. The categories are:
Entries (card catalog cards) with the word LIBRARY in the upper right hand corner are maps that are to be found in books or periodicals. Make sure to get the full citation.
Older entries have obsolete call numbers. To find an item it is
When using subject entries in the card catalog, be aware that the sub-arrangement is geographical.
Online Digital Collections
AGS Library Compact Shelving
AGS Library Staff Members
The American Geographical Society Library is open to the general public as well as to UWM students, faculty and staff members. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. The AGS Library makes its materials available as widely as possible. However, due to the rarity and nature of these materials, many of them do not circulate. Most items can be viewed in the AGS Library during business hours. For location and parking information, see the AGS Library Location and Hours page.
Many materials can be reproduced for use outside of the AGS Library, persuant to copyright regulations and library policy. For more information, see our web page on Reproducing Materials.
Users may request that materials be left out for them for a negotiated amount of time ranging from several days to a semester. This allows users to easily access specific material periodically without having the staff retrieve the items every time the user visits.
To better preserve the materials in the Library, retrieving and refiling maps and atlases is restricted to AGS Library staff. Users should have staff pull any materials they want to look at, and leave materials out for the staff to refile.
The AGS Library Rare Room is restricted to staff only. The AGS Library staff will retrieve any needed materials from the Rare Room. Access to rare materials will be provided to users in the AGS Library Rare Materials Viewing Room which is under video surveillance. Completion of the Rare Materials Use Form and proper identification is required.
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