Maps & Geographic Resources
Osterlin Library houses a wide assortment of maps. Most are filed in the map drawers in the Government Documents Collection. Maps generally are not circulated, but may be borrowed with permission for class presentations. Atlases and Gazetteers are shelved in special map cases in the Reference Area.
map resources - print
Great Lakes Nautical Charts
Maps used for navigation at sea, also known as United States Coast Surveys. A chart shows water depth, but only enough land features for orientation. Listed individually in the Osterlin Library Online Catalog iLink, and filed in the map drawers by the Superintendent of Documents Number. The library's collection of nautical charts are not intended for navigational purposes.
A series of nautical charts pertinent to a specific geographic area. Collection includes recreation charts for Michigan and Wisconsin. Listed in the library's online book catalog.State, Country, and World Maps
A miscellaneous collection. Filed in map drawers by geographic area.Topographic Maps
Portraying the physical features of a geographical area. Filed alphabetically by place name. Library collection includes most of Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, plus a few for Wisconsin. Most are large-scale 7.5 minute quadrangles (1:24,000), produced by the United State Geological Survey.
U.S. Bureau of the Census Maps - From the 1990 and 2000 Censuses.
Map Resources - Online
- Color Landform Atlas of the United States
- Earth and Moon Viewer
- Geographic Names Information System
- Library of Congress Map Collection -- Both contemporary and historical maps. Includes over 2,000 Civil War maps.
- Michigan Center for Geographic Information
- National Atlas of the U.S. - Enter a location & receive grographic information about it