Air Photo Request

The GIC welcomes the University community and the general public to use the collection for general interest or research purposes.

Individuals representing a commercial interest who want to use the historical air photo collection as a commercial reference source can borrow the photos on a one week loan for a fee. For information regarding our service, policy and charges, please see:


Ordering Airphotos

Determining the extent of coverage needed when requesting air photos is critical. We require a Google Earth (.kmz) file that clearly outlines your site and area of interest in order to avoid mistakes and overcharges.

Instructions on creating a .kmz file:

  1. In Google Earth, use either the Add Placemark or Add Polygon tool to indicate your area of interest by creating a pinpoint or a polygon
  2. Under the Places sidebar (on the left hand side by default), there should now be an icon/layer of the pinpoint/polygon
  3. Right click on the icon and choose “Save Place As”

If you want to include several sites in a single .kmz file:

  1. In Google Earth, on the left under the Places sidebar, right click on Temporary Places and select “Add > Folder”
  2. While the newly created folder is selected/highlighted, add pinpoints and polygons as per above
  3. Right click on the folder and choose “Save Place As”. All the pinpoints and polygons contained inside the folder will be saved as one single file.


Google Earth .kmz map samples:

To place an order, please email us at with your site address, .kmz file, project number and purchase order number (if any), your preferred method of delivery (pick up or courier) and one of our staff members will be happy to assist you.