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.

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Visiting address:
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
Building 101, Room C010
6708PB Wageningen
the Netherlands

Arrange an appointment to access the physical collection:
phone: +31 317 483 245
alternative phone: 317 483 735

To support researchers to publish their research Open Access, deals have been negotiated with various publishers. Depending on the deal, a discount is provided for the author on the Article Processing Charges that need to be paid by the author to publish an article Open Access. A discount of 100% means that (after approval) the author does not have to pay Article Processing Charges.

For the approval of an Open Access deal for an article, the corresponding author of this article must be affiliated with Wageningen University & Research.