Maps and Geographic Data – OHIO University Libraries

athens county mapThe Map Collection (part of the Government Documents Department on the 5th floor) is Alden Library’s principal repository for sheet maps, including the complete set of topographic maps from the United States Geological Survey. Among its 120,000+ items, it also contains:

  • aerial photographs
  • weather maps
  • cartographic reference tools
  • indexes to map series
  • general reference atlases
  • wall maps
  • some atlases that are too large for the stacks

For assistance in using the collection, don’t hesitate to ask at the 5th floor service desk. During daytime hours, the full-time staff will be able to provide in-depth assistance.

Atlas of the Oceans coveratlas of the crusades coverPrinted Atlases

In addition to general atlases, Alden Library has a number of specialized types of atlases:

  • Historical atlases (maps showing cities. countries, etc. in earlier periods of history)
  • Road Atlases
  • Thematic atlases (e.g., languages, oceans, religions, etc.)

Most of these are in the Reference Collection in the Learning Commons (2nd floor). Other parts of the library which have atlases are:


Gazetteers are dictionaries of place names, both current and historical. A few samples:

A Few Online Map Sources