This guide provides links to some key mapping tools. It is by no means complete or even representative of a serious map collection and service.
There are links to U.S. Government maps, historical map collections, online mapping databases, and some commercial products.
Forr serious mapping and GIS support you will need to consult researchers working with local materials and more powerful software tools.
The Essential Geography of the United States of America is hanging in the East stairwell, near the copy room.
This unique hand-drawn map visually emphasizes the basic layout of our country, which can increase the awareness and understanding of basic U.S. geographical features. The special demarcations and features more easily allows users to visualize where the people are, where the landmarks are, etc. Everything on the Essential Geography is clearly visible to the "average user". For example, the Essential Geography represents only the principal cities and towns of a given area, and place name density reflects localized variations in population density. In addition, state borders do not overlap with place names, and important places (i.e museums, geographical features, etc.) are listed in the region.