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Maps: Getting Started

A guide to frequently-used map resources.

Science Library

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About the Map Collection

The Map Collection is located on the 4th floor of the Science Library.  Access to the collection is generally available M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.  You may call the Science Library desk at (859) 257-5730 to make sure staff will be available to assist you before you arrive. 

Many of the materials are indexed in InfoKat, the Libraries' online catalog.

Overview - The Map Collection includes approximately 242,000 paper maps and aerial photos. The following are examples of the types of cartographic materials found here.

  • Aerial photos of Kentucky counties
  • Current and historic Kentucky city, county, and state maps
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps of Kentucky cities
  • Digital images of historic Kentucky maps
  • Topographic maps of all 50 states
  • U.S. and international geologic maps
  • International topographic maps, mostly WWII era
  • U.S. and international nautical charts
  • U.S. Board on Geographic Names gazetteers
  • State, national, and thematic maps and atlases

Where to Find Us

Map Collection

Gwen Curtis
Science Library
410C MIK King Library South
(859) 257-1853