Cartographic materials

Thousands of maps and related cartographic materials -- such as atlases, globes, and books on cartography -- are available through the Map and Geospatial Hub. Need to request cartographic materials?

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3D Explorer

Use the 3D Explorer application to browse our collection of maps and related cartographic materials. The Map and Geospatial Hub boasts a collection of approximately 60,000 maps, from across the world. The bulk of our map collections cover the peoples and communities throughout the state of Arizona, with particular focus on the greater Phoenix metropolitan region. Collection strengths extend to the greater American Southwest and northwestern Mexico, but include all regions of the Earth. You can use keywords for simple map searches, or apply additional filters using the advanced search function. The 3D Explorer will identify and visualize the location of the item(s) you're looking for, and provide item-level details, including options for in-person or digital access (when available).

Geologic Maps

We hold geologic maps from USGS, AAGS, and the Arizona Geological Survey, as well as from various other sources covering other US states and countries.

Outside Resources: 

• National Geologic Map Database
• USGS Publications Warehouse
• Arizona Geological Survey Publications

Historic Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Index: Arizona Cities 1883-1948
• Digital Availability: Digital Sanborn Maps AZ Database (for ASU affiliates)
• Outside Resources: Library of Congress Sanborn Maps
Guide: Description and Utilization of The Sanborn Map


Other Historic Map Sources

Arizona Memory Project
Arizona National Forest Map 1907-1945
Gila County Maps
Historic Arizona County Road Maps
Maricopa County Land Ownership Maps 1903-1929
Sharlot Hall Museum Map Collection
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (Albq Division) Collection
Robert Lenon Map Collection
David Rumsey Map Collection
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
• The Library of Congress


Arizona Topographic Maps

The AZ USGS 1:24k Topo Maps web app displays the geographic extent of the USGS 1:24,000 quandrangles to aid in identifying and requesting topographic maps from the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub.

Geographic Coverage: AZ USGS 1:24k Topo Maps Index
Time Range: 1893-2010
Cartographic Scale: 1:24,000
Physical Availability: in-house use only
Digital Availability: see topoView

United States Topographic Maps

Outside Resources:

USGS topoView
USGS Map Locator & Downloader
Libre Map Project
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection


Mexico Topographic Maps

1:1,000,000, 1:250,000, 1:50,000, and 1:20,000 topographic maps and related data, downloadable in multiple formats (shp, pdf, gif, tiff, GeoPDF).

• Outside Resources: INEGI



Other Cartographic Materials

Atlases, Cartography, and GIS Books

A range of atlases and over 1,800 books on cartography are available. These publications cover the art, science, history, and methods of mapmaking from world to regional coverage are in the Map and Geospatial Hub and other ASU Library locations; they can be found through a quick library catalog search.




Several globes are available for in-room study, including spherical scaled models of the Earth (including Earth's plate tectonics), the Moon, and Mars.




Federal Depository Library Program Federal Depository Library Program 

ASU Library is a Federal Depository Library. We maintain a collection of current maps produced by US government agencies. Click on the link above to learn more.