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North Carolina

Check the library catalog first to identify maps you need.  Most thematic maps covering North Carolina are filed in the maps collection by LC or sudoc call numbers, or in thematic sections of the map collection.   The catalog will provide call numbers and locations. 

Topographic Maps

The library has all USGS topographic maps for North Carolina in the 1:24,000 scale. We also have incomplete sets of topographic maps for surrounding states. Go here for digital options.

Census Maps

North Carolina census tract and block group maps from the decennial censuses are available as follows:

  • 2000 and 1990 census -- These maps are available online as "Reference Maps" via the American FactFinder web site.
  • 1980 census -- These maps are shelved in pockets of the relevant census volumes in the U.S. Documents stacks, D. H. Hill 2nd floor.

For a more comprehensive information about Census maps and data, see the Census Data Guides and related webpages.

Interactive Maps

North Carolina is well-represented on agency interactive mapping web sites.  See our links from the Interactive Mapping Sites web page.

Flood Maps

Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, are available statewide online in PDF. Go to Finding DFIRMs for NC for details and index maps.


There are a few maps of historical interest in a small, browseable section of the North Carolina map case.  These thematic maps include highway and transportation maps, aerial photographs, soil maps, land use project plans, and county outline maps.  Labels on the map case will direct you to the relevant drawers for browsing.


For more information, use Ask Us or contact:

Jeff Essic
Data Services Librarian
(919) 515-5698