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Geography & Earth Sciences: Maps

Atlases

Almost all atlases include maps, and also often contain supplementary information on their subjects.   

The Library's atlases and maps are located on the second floor, in multiple cases. Some of the most-used atlases, like reference books, can be consulted in-house only.  Other atlases are part of the circulating collection and can be checked out.

Maps in the Auraria Library

The main physical Maps Collection is on the Library's 2nd floor within cabinets and cases. Highlights of the collection, include:

  • USGS topographic maps of Colorado and surrounding areas
  • Reproductions of historic city maps, political maps, and subject-specific maps for many fields, including demography and geology

Maps in this collection may be checked out of the library!

You'll get the classification number/letter combination you need to find a map, also known as the call number, in the record retrieved from your Start my Research search.  

Maps with differing call number systems are in separate drawers in the Maps Collection cabinets, and the three systems share roughly similar concepts i.e., the call numbers are in alphabetical and numeric order, are read left-to-right, etc.  All  maps published by the State of Colorado are located in the drawer labeled “Colorado.”  Some maps are differently sized, so you might need to look at the cases on both sides of the collection. 

Remember, if you need help finding a map, the library staff will be more than happy to assist you!

Online Maps

A Guide To Map Terminology

Other Notable Historic Map Sites on the Web

Historic Maps & Atlases: Enhanced for Cultural, Political, and Societal Analysis

Historic Maps & Atlases: Allowing Geospatial Analysis

Historic Maps & Atlases: General

Links to Thousands of Maps Online