Maps, Aerial Photographs & Satellite Images
Federal Government Map Sites
Ask USGS (Earth Science Information Center)
The USGS has updated this site extensively. Click on “Maps and other products” to find information online about ordering paper and digital maps and aerial photographs from the Geological Survey.
Bureau of Land Management. P.L.I.A. Bookstore
The Bookstore, a partnership between BLM and the Public Lands Interpretive Association, provides BLM Surface Management Maps, Forest Service Maps, Forest Service Recreation Maps, Forest Service Wilderness Maps, Recreational Maps, and Topography Maps for sale. Click on the “Store” button, then “Maps.”
Census Bureau Map Products
Census Bureau maps are organized into two categories: Reference Maps and Thematic Maps. Reference Maps include a variety of map types that show the boundaries and names of geographic areas for which the Census Bureau tabulates statistical data. Thematic maps are data maps of a specific subject or for a specific purpose. Statistical thematic maps include a variety of different map types such as choropleth or shaded maps, dot maps, proportional symbol maps, and isarithmic maps.
CIA Maps & Publications (Central Intelligence Agency)
The CIA Maps and Publications Released to the Public (2004) is a listing of all unclassified maps and publications available to the public for purchase from GPO and/or NTIS.
FEMA’s Map Service Center
The MSC web site is just one of a suite of online services planned to expedite the dissemination of FEMA’s flood map and insurance products. MSC products include: Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Study reports, Digital Q3 flood data, Community Status Book, Flood Map Status Information Service, Letters of Map Change, and NFIP Insurance Manuals. (Flood insurance studies, Flood maps, and other FEMA publications are also available online from “The FEMA Flood Map Store;” click the icon in the left navigation bar. Retrieve items by searching by state, county, or community name, or by navigating a map.)
Library of Congress - Geography and Map Reading Room
The Geography and Map Division has custody of the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world with collections numbering over 4.5 million maps including 60,000 atlases, 6,000 reference works, numerous globes and plastic relief models, and a large number of cartographic material in other formats, including electronic. These cartographic materials date from fourteenth century portolan charts through recent geographic information systems data sets.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) (formerly Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) and National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
Products and Services Available to the Public: NGA-related product information specific to nautical publications, maritime safety products and services, historical maps and charts, U.S. Board on Geographic Names, CIA maps and publications available to the general public, and the Earth-info site. Also check out the “Special Reference Graphics” and “HMS-NIMA Historical Map Series.”
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
From the NOAA site users can access maps of all kinds (weather, oceans and tides, environmental, solar, and space weather) and satellite images.
The National Park Service - ParkNett
Digital maps of the national parks can be accessed at the NPS’s Cartographic Resources Home Page. They are in various formats (GIF, PDF) and resolutions and originally were produced for brochures, folders, and handbooks. Users can find park information with searches by park name, theme, or state, or by using the clickable regional maps.
USDA Forest Service. Maps & Brochures
Includes instructions for ordering Forest Service maps, by region. Some regional links include digital maps of the national forests in that region. Data and metadata maps and files are available online for “Forest type group” and “Forest density.”
USGS (United States Geological Survey)
To find the map wanted, click on “Publications” in the upper navigation bar, then “USGS Store.” “Enter USGS Store” to get to the “Search for USGS Products” page to find and order USGS 7.5 minute printed paper maps as well as other types of products and map series. Some maps have a .jpeg version available here.
USGS Geography Products
Contains links describing USGS cartographic and geographic products and programs. The information products are available in printed and digital formats.
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Revised: January 2004, Janetta Paschal, Government Documents/Reference Librarian