Map & Geographic Information Center (MAGIC)

Welcome to Magic

Are you interested in geography, history, geology, or outdoor activities such as hiking, biking or camping? Whatever your needs, maps can add a new dimension to your research assignments, work or recreational activities. The Map and Geographic Information Center has thousands of maps and atlases on topics as diverse as flood zones in Bernalillo County to mineral resources in East Asia.

This page is designed to help get you started with your library research. For more detailed help, please see our map research guide. If you would like an orientation to the map room individually or as a class, please contact us to set up a time.

Find our location in Centennial Library on the floor map.

GIS Data

MAGIC has computers loaded with ArcGIS version 10. There is an easy-to-use tutorial available. You can generate an ArcView map if the necessary data sets are available.

See the digital mapping tab for additional digital mapping resources available for use.

Digital Mapping

New Mexico RGIS Clearinghouse data

ArcView/ArcGIS-friendly CD-ROM set featuring census-related data (population, age, income, etc.), hydrologic, hypsographic, transportation, power, city and county outlines and more.

Digital Raster Graphics

USGS Digital Raster Graphics for New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah, as well as a few scattered DRGs for adjacent states.

ArcUSA, ArcWorld, and Digital Chart of the World

ESRI products that will allow users of ArcView or ArcGIS to create and manipulate maps.

NIMA data

Coverage for the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia

US Census TIGER/Line files

Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing/Line files contain geographic features, such as roads, railroads, rivers, legal boundaries, etc. in the United States. MAGIC carries the TIGER/Line 1992 link and the 1995 update.


For more information about our digital and online map resources, please see our research guide.

Aerial Photography

MAGIC has an extensive collection of aerial photography for the City of Albuquerque ranging in dates from 1969 to 1990, in various scales. Some other areas of New Mexico are available with various dates and scales. More current aerial photography is accessed online.

For more aerial photography as well as satellite imagery please contact the Earth Data Analysis Center here on campus.

The Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections at Zimmerman Library also has a variety of aerial photography, especially in its pictorial and architectural archives. Use the Rocky Mountain Online Archive to search for these photographs.

Large Scale Printing

MAGIC has a full-sized (36” wide) scanner/copier that can be used to scan or make copies of most of the maps in our collection. It can scan in color or black and white. Scans can be saved electronically for free, or printed on paper at the cost of $.75 per square foot for a black/white copy, or $4.00 per square foot for a color copy

Our color printer can print up to 42" wide at the cost of $4.00 per square foot.


We also have a flatbed color scanner capable of scanning media up 12" x 17". Scanning is always free!

We are able to mail copies if you are not in the Albuquerque area.


Please note that copyright restrictions apply to some maps. It is the patron's responsibility to be sure that copyright laws are not being violated. In case of doubt consult the map publisher or a copyright lawyer.