The principal source for topographic maps of the United States and its territories is the US Geological Survey (USGS). USGS issues all current topos digitally and has created a database of historical topos for much of its catalog. Use the links below to explore the several ways USGS provides to view and download it's topo maps. MAGIS houses a collection of print USGS topographic maps at scales of 1:24,000, 1:100,000, and 1:250,000. Contact MAGIS staff if you have questions about printed USGS topographic maps.
For some countries, these are the only maps available.
Worldwide coverage at a scale of 1:250,000 topographical/aeronautical.
The U.S. Army Mapping Service (AMS) sets were produced during World War II and cover most of Europe, North Africa, East and South Asia, and Pacific Islands. The scales vary from 1:250,000, 1:50,000, and 1:25,000. Consult library staff for assistance with this collection. AMS Catalog search form (click on Edit and add country name to focus search results). Please fill out and submit a service request form so we can retrieve the maps from our collection.
Nautical charts provide information about oceans, coasts, and harbors. Learn more about nautical charts on NOAA's website. Our extensive print collection covers waters of the World as well as the United States. Please consult with MAGIS staff. We retain historical charts for Hawaii and the Pacific islands.
The TPC is the standard worldwide medium-scale aeronautical chart series (1:500,000). TPCs provide essential cartographic data appropriate to scale, and are overprinted with stable aeronautical information such as contour lines, obstructions, special use air-space, navigational aids, and related data.
The ONC is the standard worldwide small-scale (1:1,000,000) aeronautical chart series, and contains cartographic data with an aeronautical overprint depicting obstructions, aerodromes, special use airspace, navigational aides, Maximum Elevation Figures (MEFs), and related data.
Very small scale (1:2,000,000). Relief shown by contours, shading, tints, and spot heights. Includes terrain characteristic and water tints diagrams and index to JNC series.
We have a collection of country, U.S. state, city, and recreational maps. We also have DeLorme Street Atlases for western states. These maps are not cataloged.
Geological Maps are published by the Federal Government (USGS), state geological surveys, and professional societies. The USGS publishes geological maps of all states and many countries. Good sources for identifying published geological maps are GeoRef and the National Geologic Map Database. Once you have identified a map of interest, search the online library catalog to determine if the Library owns a print copy and to find the location and call no. Many state geological surveys have maps available for download on their websites at no charge.
We have a large collection of map supplements published in concert with National Geographic Magazine. Subjects range from physical/political maps of countries and world regions to world languages, bird migration, and earthquakes. These maps may be identified by using this library catalog search and adding your topic or place of interest to the second keyword search box.
Options for obtaining a very basic country or state map.