In addition to valuable historical maps (e.g. by Ptolemy, Münster, Ortelius, Mercator, Gerard de Jode and Blaeu), the SLUB’s Map Collection includes a focus on maps of Saxony and topographical maps of Germany and Europe. It also contains numerous panoramic views from the 17th to the 19th century. Within the past 10 years, the cartographic collection has grown by almost 40,000 items, bringing the total number of maps and views to 177,000.
Approximately 24,800 of the most important cartographical sources in the collection – especially those pertaining to Saxon history and regional studies – are available in high resolution digital images in the Map Forum.
In the new portal Virtuelle Kartenforum 2.0 it is possible to search for 5,600 georeferenced maps. The SLUB-project of the same name, in cooperation with the University of Rostock, provides the opportunity for people all over the world to give support to reference further maps. Further information can be found at the FAQ of the Map-Forum. The Kartenforum 2.0 provides for researchers added value in the three-dimensionally - temporal supply of data, analysis and visualization. It enriches the libraries with three-dimensional metadata and services and supports sustained the research in maps, geographical information and library resources.