Library and map collection
Do you need soil information for your study area, your country or the whole world? The ISRIC library has built up a collection of around 10,000 (digitized) maps and 17,000 reports and books. Many of these materials can be accessed online.
Since 1966, ISRIC - World Soil Information has compiled a large collection of articles, country reports, books and maps with emphasis on the developing countries. The subject emphasis is on soils, but related geographic information on climate, geology, geomorphology, land degradation, land use, and land suitability is also collated.
The map collection contains mainly small-scale (1:250.000 or smaller) maps. Many of these are accompanied by reports and related thematic and derived materials. A significant part of the ISRIC map collection was scanned at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) as a foundation for the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps (EuDASM). The main objective was to transfer soil information into digital format, with the maximum resolution possible, to preserve the information of paper maps that are vulnerable to deterioration.
The ISRIC library page has a powerful search function. A search can be done by author name, title words, keywords or country name, using basic and advanced search options. There is also the possibility to search on geographic coordinates.
Some 80% of the maps are now digitized and these can be downloaded at high resolution and viewed on screen with a zoom facility. Over 30% of the country reports is currently available as full text (PDF). Scanning of ISRIC's library holdings is ongoing. New materials are always welcome for incorporation in the collection.
References on the library page include external databases, national and international organisations, electronic books hosted by third parties, newsletters, journals, and reference materials related to soil science.
The physical collection is housed at Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, and is publicly accessible by appointment.
- WOSSAC (World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue)
Soil Survey Reports, Maps, Imagery and Photographs produced by British Companies and Surveyors Overseas
- EuDASM, the European Digital Archive of Soil Maps
National Soil Maps from over the World.
- FAO GeoNetwork
The FAO GeoNetwork provides Internet access to interactive maps, satellite imagery and related spatial databases maintained by FAO and its partners. Its purpose is to improve access to and integrated use of spatial data and information.
- European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC)
The Thematic Centre for Soil Related Data in Europe.
- FAO Soil and land legacy maps
- FAO Soil Legacy Reports
Building 101, Room C010
Arrange an appointment to access the physical collection:
phone: +31 317 483 245
alternative phone: 317 483 735