Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Goes On Line

Public-private partnership with the Boston (USA) Public Libraries aims to make maps available to all

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center of the Boston, Massachusetts, Public Library, debuted this week.

In an announcement to the map news mailing list, MapHist, Curator of Maps Ronald E. Grim said:

This initial version of the website includes digital images of approximately 200 maps from the Library’s collections. Our plans are to add more maps as they are scanned. These digital files are accessible through “zoomify.” The site also includes virtual tours of two past exhibitions, and a Map of the Month and a Maps in the News feature. The former will be updated monthly, while the second will be updated quarterly. The virtual tours and Maps in the News include educational suggestions for teachers at the K-12 levels

The aim of the Leventhal is, according to the mission statement at its website, to provide free worldwide access to the BPL’s over 500,000 maps and 5,000 historic atlases through a variety of programs, and, obviously, a web-site outreach program.

This new resource is available through the URLs http://www.leventhalmapcenter.org or http://maps.bpl.org. We think it’s worth a look, and perhaps a bookmark.