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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, 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.

Recreational Charts

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

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