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Geography Research Guide

Journal databases and selected other data sources


Government Maps

  • Our collection emphasizes North Carolina and the South, with political and road maps for every state.  We also have World maps and geologic maps.
  • We have 1:24,000 topographic quadrangles for North Carolina and the surrounding states.
  • Most maps are received through the U.S. depository from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Central Intelligence Agency.  A few maps such as city street maps and state road maps are purchased from independent map vendors.
  • The map collection is arranged geographically and by type of map.

Location: 8th Floor

Maps of the Charlotte area before 1960 are available on the 10th floor in Special Collections.

United States

U.S. Geological Survey

The National Map

Geologic Maps

NOAA Office of Coast Survey Historical Map and Chart Collection

FEMA Flood Map Service Center

National Geographic printable quadrangles

Central Intelligence Agency

North Carolina

North Carolina Maps

Geologic Map of North Carolina

North Carolina Geological Survey

Historical quadrangles of North Carolina

Sanborn maps North Carolina

NC OneMap


CIA World Maps