The library purchases maps, atlases, charts, and other cartographic material to be
housed in three locations. The following guidelines will be observed in the consideration
of purchases of cartographic material for each location:
- Map Collection (Government Documents): all physical formats folded or rolled maps
(serial charts, hydrographic charts, photomaps, remote sensing images, topographic
prints) are collected; maps in series are not cataloged; atlases and other non-serial
items are cataloged. U.S. Geological Survey map series (some of which are uncataloged):
Antarctic Research Program; Coal Investigations; Geologic Quadrangle; geophysical
Investigations; Hydrologic Unit; Hydrological Investigations; Oil and Gas Investigations;
Tennessee; Geological Quadrangle; Topographic Quadrangle (Ala., Ark., Kty.,Mo., Tenn.,
and scattered other states); and Water Resources Investigations.
- Special Collections: primarily maps of historical or regional interest, either flat
or folded; maps are cataloged.
- Main Library Reference Department: atlases of general interest to support the Reference
Collection; all atlases are cataloged. All requests for cartographic material and
the subsequent purchase orders must specify exactly the format and accompanying material
to be received, e.g. 40 maps; 1 map in 9 sections; or 1 relief model.
This page was last updated 04/19/2010
Please send questions/comments/suggestions to
Steve Knowlton, Interim Head of Collection Management