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Map Collection @ NU Library

The NU Library's Map Collection was established circa 1947 as an official depository for the US Army Map Service. Most maps in the library are centralized and housed in Main Library Lower Level, Room B190 as part of our Government & Geographic Information Collection.

The focus of the collection is on U.S.,Illinois & the Great Lakes, Africana, as well as topographic & world maps. 

Key Resources

Maps published before 1923 and maps published by the U.S. Government are in the public domain. Many of them can be found on the web. Here are our recommended websites to locate maps online!

New York Public Library Digital Collections - Explore 674,128 items digitized from The New York Public Library's collections. New materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, and streaming video.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection - Online Maps
This library links to online maps available on the web and also scanned maps from its map collection. A good location to start your search. 

David Rumsey Map Collection
The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection has over 14,800 maps online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials, but historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Maps can be downloaded in high resolution (but in MrSID format - requires a special viewer/add-on)

Library of Congress Map Collections
American Memory Map Collections of the Library of Congress focuses on the United States, but historic maps of other countries are also included. Images are also available for downloading.

Map History : Images of Early Maps on the Web
The most comprehensive listing of historical maps websites, comprising over 1,200 annotated links.

Alabama Maps: University of Alabama
Similar to the Perry-Castaneda Library website, with more focus on historic maps. One major shortcoming is that images are for viewing only, not available for downloading.

USGS Topo View formerlyThe USGS Store Map Locator and Downloader 
You can buy or download maps of the world and US from this USGS website. Topographic maps are probably the most popular product.

Subject Guide

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Anne Zald
Subjects: Government Information; Gender & Sexuality Studies; Social Science Data; Regulatory Compliance
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