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Maps and Geospatial Resources


Many libraries and related organizations have online guides about the U.S. Government maps. The featured libraries are part of the Federal Depository Library Program, and they are known as Federal Depository Libraries (FDLs).

Community Guides

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Cartographic Resources: Maps and Spatial Data 

Denison University Library (FDL #0480) 

  • Learn about how to interpret maps and other cartographic materials and find information on spatial data.
  • Guide's Subjects: Earth, Environmental Sciences, Government Information, Maps
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Maps and Geospatial Information

Colorado School of Mines (FDL #0072)

  • From mining to geology to air photos, discover information on different types of maps and geospatial data.
  • Guide's Subjects: Earth & Space Sciences, Geospatial Data, Geospatial Information, Government & Law, Maps
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Maps and Mapping

U.S. Geological Survey Library (FDL #0628C)

  • Check out this guide from the USGS Library on the bureau's maps and mapping tools and programs. Some of the featured resources are TopoView, the National Map, the National Geologic Map Database, the National Geospatial Program, and science resources for educators.
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Maps, Atlases, and Cartographic Resources

Central Washington University Library (FDL #0649A)

  • Explore various maps and cartographic resources, including Sanborn, topographic, nautical charts, and more.
  • Guide's Subjects: Cultural and Environmental Resource Management, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences, Sociology
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MSU Map Library: Links to Useful Sites

Michigan State University Library (FDL #0274)

  • Discover a collection of free online maps from around the world, with an emphasis on United States, Great Lakes and Michigan.
  • Guide's Subjects: Geography, Geology, History, Urban Planning
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Soil Surveys

Utah State University Library (FDL #0618)

  • See current and historic maps about soils in the United States, which are produced by the bureaus of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Guide's Subjects: Government Information, Soils, Special Collections & Archives 

Federal Depository Library Directory (FDLD)

The Federal Depository Library Program distributes Government information free of cost to libraries that participate in the program. These libraries have information specialists who can assist your research needs. To find your nearest depository, check out the FDLD

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Disclaimer about Community Guides

Visiting a community guide will direct you to other websites, which may have different privacy policies than the U.S. Government Publishing Office. Also, community guides may feature resources that are not U.S. Government publications or sources, which may not be freely available. Contact the community guide's owner for additional information or assistance.