The Joyner Library Map Collection is housed in the Government Documents and Microforms Department, located in the basement of the library. The department is responsible for maintaining and servicing the collection, and for providing assistance to patrons with map questions. Currently, Joyner has over 99,000 sheet maps and over 40 GIS (Geographic Information Systems) resources on CD-ROM.
Our collection contains a wide variety of maps. While the vast majority are topographic maps, we house geologic, hydrologic, bathymetric, photo image, and political maps. Also, we have nautical and aeronautical charts. Among the series we carry are USGS 7.5 minute topographical maps, CIA maps, Jet Navigation Charts, NOAA Nautical Charts, USGS geologic and hydrologic maps, and Bureau of Land Management maps.
Geographical Information Systems or GIS are electronic tools used to map and analyze a wide variety of information. The technology combines database capabilities with mapping features to allow the user to do everything from plan the allocation of resources to study natural phenomenon.
Standalone computers for using GIS and other Documents CD-ROMs are available in the Reference Department on the 1st Floor of the library. While we do not offer software to support every GIS resource in our collection, our CD-ROMs are available for checkout with the permission of a Government Documents faculty librarian.
For a complete listing of GIS resources available see GIS Resources Available in Joyner Library, a document created by geography grad student, Kevin Findell.
Our collection is available during regular library hours. Assistance is available at the Documents and Microforms Department service desk during the following hours:
Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
Most of our maps circulate and may be checked out at the Documents/Microforms Desk during the times stated above. For assistance during evenings and weekends, ask at the Reference Desk on the 1st Floor. The Documents and Microforms Department is located in the basement of the library.
In addition to the assistance of staff, other resources are available to help you determine which maps you need. We have paper indexes for the CIA political maps, the nautical charts, the 7.5 topographic maps, the DMA/AMS topos and the Geologic Atlas of the United States. Also, we have gazetteers covering most of the world and part of the United States. Atlases are available in the general stacks or the Reference Department located on the first floor of the library.
GPO Access and GeoRef are electronic resources you can use to locate maps. Once you complete a search using one of these databases you can check the map chart below to determine if we carry a particular map series.
MapTech MapServer offers free access to over 65,000 United States maps. This online collection includes topographic, nautical, aerial photographs, satellite images and aeronautical charts. These maps can be saved, emailed or printed. Another useful site is the USGS National Mapping information site that includes a link to MapFinder and PhotoFinder. MapFinder is an excellent source for locating and ordering topographic maps. PhotoFinder can be used to find aerial photographs. The National Ocean Service MapFinder is useful for locating nautical charts.
In addition to the sites above, there is another map web site that may be helpful. Maps in Electronic Format at UTexas-Austin has a variety of maps online.
Below is a chart of the different types of maps our department houses. On the left you will find the type of map and a brief description of the type. On the right you will find a list of the series we carry and information about coverage and scale.
Gives a detailed description and representation of the physical features of an area. Has contour lines to show the shape and elevation of the terrain.
Uses a combination of lines, symbols and colors to show the composition and structure of land materials and their distribution across and beneath the land's surface.
Show the occurrence, distribution and circulation of the Earth's waters
Displays isobath or bathymetric contour lines to show the form of the land below the water's surface. Some show magnetic and gravity data in addition to water depths.
Maps produced from aerial photographs.
Displays features of navigable waters. Current editions updated frequently.
Various maps used for flight navigation. Also, useful for coverage of a large area.
Please contact David Durant , Government Documents Librarian, if you have any questions or comments.
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last edited 06/10/02