Maps and Atlases


The NC State University Libraries' map collection is primarily comprised of a complete collection of 1:24,000 topographic maps for North Carolina, and a wide assortment of many other maps.

Atlases and many other publications also contain maps, so if you do not find what you need, please ask for help!   


All large format, flat printed maps (not folded) are located at the Libraries' Administrative Services Annex (ASX).

Maps may be delivered from the ASX to a library location of your choice. By appointment, users affiliated with NC State may also visit the ASX on Sullivan Drive and view maps in the reading room. Staffing at the ASX is very limited, so arrangements to obtain or view any map need to be made well in advance. Contact Special Collections or use the contact points listed below to discuss making an appointment or requesting a map delivery. 

NOTE: If a digital pdf map will suffice for your needs, look on this page for online download options.


For maps not shelved by classification number (LC or sudoc) you may need to consult instructions at the map case location for shelving arrangements.  In some cases, there is an "index map" in the first drawer for a series, providing the shelving arrangement. In other cases the maps are filed alphabetically, or by a report number that must be obtained from a published index.

Some maps acquired before 1998 may not be listed in the library's online catalog, so if you do not find what you need, ask a librarian for help. 

Using the Library Catalog

A good way to get started is to try a keyword search using place names and limit your search by format to "maps."  Remember: not all maps acquired before 1998 are listed in the library's catalog, so ask anytime for help.

Using Indexes and Databases

There are many indexes and databases available to help you identify published maps.  In some cases, these indexes provide report numbers that are used to shelve the maps.  When you have consulted these general indexes or databases, you may need to ask a librarian to help you determine if the library owns the map you are looking for.

Using Atlases

Finding maps in atlases is an option if the library does not own an individual map for the area you need.


Most maps are circulating items and may be borrowed by NC State affiliates.