In multi-label image classification, each image is always associated with multiple labels and labels are usually correlated with each other. The intrinsic relation among labels can definitely contribute to classifier training. However, most previous studies on active learning for multi-label image classification purely mine label correlation based on observed label distribution. They ignore the mapping relation between examples and their labels. This mapping relation also implicates label relationship. Ignoring the mapping relation leads to an uncomprehensive label correlation estimation and results in a bad performance for classification. In this paper, we propose a novel multi-label active learning with low-rank mapping for image classification, called LMMAL, to solve this issue. More precisely, we train a low-rank mapping matrix to signify the mapping relation between the feature space and the label space of a certain multi-label dataset. Using this low-rank mapping relation, we exploit a full label correlation. Subsequently, an effective sampling strategy is designed by integrating this potential information with uncertainty to select the most informative example-label pairs. In addition, we extend LMMAL with automatic labeling (denoted as AL-LMMAL) to further reduce the annotation workload of active learning. Empirical results demonstrate the effectiveness of our approaches.