Important Notice for Patrons and Visitors:

The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is currently closed to the public, in compliance with University of Maine System and University of Southern Maine directives related to Covid-19. USM is delivering courses virtually to our students for Spring semester. For the foreseeable future, the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic staff are primarily working remotely to continue to serve students and support faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Please feel free to reach out to any of our staff members for assistance ( about/staff-directory ). Staff members are actively responding to emails and voicemail messages, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.

For general questions, please or leave a message at (207) 780-4850 , and we will forward your query to the appropriate staff member.

For questions related to K-12 outreach or the ongoing 5th grade mapmaking contest, please .

USM students or faculty with questions about OML resources should reach out to our Executive Director, Libby Bischof:

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to welcoming you back to the library when we are able to reopen.


The Osher Map Library & Smith Center for Cartographic Education is located on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine. During open hours (listed below) we welcome visitors to stop by and take a look around the reference room, see the globes in our globe cases, or view our latest exhibition. 

If you have any questions before you come in, please contact us at (207) 780-4850 or

For more information regarding visiting as a researcher, please visit our research page. 

basic map of the first floor of the Glickman Library at USM