Brooks Library has around 90,000 sheets maps that can be checked out. These maps are located in map cabinets on the 3rd floor, along with atlases and other geographic materials covering a variety of geographic areas and topics. Assistance with finding maps is available at the Gov Pubs Reference Desk.
For detailed information on the maps collections, see the most recent handout in PDF format: Maps
Web Sites used to Locate Geographic Features and Named Places
- GEOnet Names Server - Foreign place and feature names locator from the Board on Geographic Names.
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) - U.S. place and feature names locator from the U.S. Geological Survey.
U.S. Government Agencies Involved with Mapping
- Census Bureau, U.S.(U.S. Department of Commerce): the most prolific creator of statistics and maps in the country. You will be able to find Congressional district maps, gazetteers, official place names for the U.S. and much more. One of their most popular sites is the American Factfinder where you will find census information from the 2000 and 2010 censuses and create your own maps based on the information created by the Bureau.
- Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. (U.S. Department of the Interior): creates a great deal of maps for the National Wildlife Refuge program and for the countless reports they publish on animal life in this country.
- Forest Service, U.S. (U.S. Department of Agriculture): publishes all those nifty maps you pick up at national forests around the country. They also update their own topographic maps for quadrangles located within national forest boundaries.
- Geological Survey, U.S.(U.S. Department of the Interior): oversees research and work pertaining to the geology of the country. They publish a myriad of maps including topographic, thematic, geological, climactic, and biological just to name a few.
- National Agricultural Statistics Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture): are the publishers of Agricultural Statistics and the Census of Agriculture. The Census of Agriculture goes as far back as 1840.
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce): oversees a lot of functions having to do with the climate and weather like the National Weather Service. NOAA's Central Library has current and historical daily weather maps going as far back as 1871. The Office of Coast Survey has a collection of historical maps and charts going as far back as the 1700s.
- National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior): creates the very wonderful maps that you pick up when you visit a national park.
- Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S .Department of Agriculture): these folks are the publishers of the soil surveys that are created for just about every county around the country.
- U.S. Geological Survey produces a vast amount of maps related to geology, climate change, water, etc.. You will also find topographic maps going as far back as the late 1800s. This is the first stop for maps in the United States.
- Map Collection from the Library of Congress' American Memory website.
- National Map You will find all sorts of maps for the United States in all sorts of formats and interests.
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection Electronic collection of maps gathered by University of Texas. Includes over 300 maps of the United States, historical maps and city maps.
- USGS EarthExplorer Access to all types of maps online.