The Map Collection contains over 125,000 paper maps with local, state, national, and international coverage, including topographic maps, topical maps, navigation charts, road and street maps, page-sized reference maps, and selected early 20th century maps.
- The collection of paper maps is in Bostock Lower Level 1 (Bostock L1).
- The Map Collection Reference books are still located adjacent to the Public Documents collections on Perkins Floor 2.
- Staff in the Data & Visualization Services Department on Perkins Floor 2 provide complementary materials and services, including electronic mapping.
The collection receives or has received maps through several depository programs-- from the U.S. and the Canadian governments, the European Union, and North Carolina--and purchases other titles or receives them as gifts. Special strengths of the collection include maps of South Asia and US military maps from World War II. A collection development policy provides loose guidelines for building and managing the collection. The following list gives a sample of our holdings.
- Topographic maps at several scales, including U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) quadrangle maps covering the United States and Canadian topographic maps covering most of Canada.
- Geological maps, including USGS folded geologic map series and some maps from U.S. state geological surveys.
- Topographic and thematic maps dating from the Second World War, primarily representing areas occupied by Germany and Japan.
- Nautical charts (primarily foreign coastlines) and aeronautical charts.
- Page-sized maps useful for illustrating reports; large maps for class presentations.
- Road maps of all U.S. states and most other countries.
- Street maps of many U.S. and international cities.
- Tourist information.
- Trail maps of National Forests and Bureau of Land Management lands.
- Indexes to maps and reference books about maps.
- Electronic maps, atlases, and trip planners.
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software (e.g., ArcGIS) and GIS data.
- Gazetteers, both national and international, in paper, microfiche, and CD-ROM. (See also our guide to online gazetteers.)