About the Collection
Where: Ekstrom Library, First Floor Reference area
Assistance:For assistance with the map collection, please ask at the reference desk or contact Claudene Sproles.
Ekstrom Library has a small print map collection available for use. The majority of maps in the collection are US Geological Survey series that arrive via the Federal Depository Library Program and are housed in the 4th floor map cases or vertical files.
Ekstrom has the current quadrangles for the 1:24,000 series for Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Older editions of the Kentucky quadrangles are also available. Print Indexes for this series are located on top of the map cases on the 4th floor.
For additional information about locating specific USGS quadrangles, visit the USGS's GNIS database. The database indexes features listed in the 7.5 minute quads.
Also, the USGS map finder will locate the 7.5 minute series by name, zip code, or via an index map.
In addition to the 7.5 minute series, the library also collects the following USGS series:
1:100,000 (30 min X 60 min)
1:125,000 (30 min) for Kentucky -- discontinued and incomplete
1: 250,000 (1 degree X 2 degrees)
Along with the topographic series, the library has the USGS Geologic and Hydrologic Series maps location in the vertical file section of the map collection on the 4th floor.
Circum-Pacific Maps (CP)
Geophysical Investigations (GP)
Geologic Quadrangles (GQ)
Hydrologic Investigation Atlases (HA)
Miscellaneous Investigation Maps (I)
Miscellaneous Field Studies (MF)
Mineral Resources Maps (MR)
Oil & Gas Investigation Charts (OC)
Oil & Gas Investigation Maps (OM)
Sanborn fire insurance maps are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. Includes maps for many Kentucky cities and date from the 1890s to the 1950s. Full-text images of the maps are provided.
The remainder of the print map collection consists of monographic holdings arranged in Library of Congress classification order. These maps include older city road maps, state maps, and thematic maps.
The reference department also has a current collection that includes current travel and road maps, and maps for most major cities, larger Kentucky cities, and some international maps. There is also a binder containing current CIA base maps for most countries.
Don't forget that atlases contain many different types of maps, so always remember to search Minerva, the online catalog for atlas holdings.