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US Geological Survey Maps

The USGS is the largest map publisher in the government. In addition to numerous subject maps, the USGS produces sets of topographic maps.

Topographic Maps

A topographic map series is a group of sheets that depict physical and cultural detail. Our sets of topographic maps are shelved by Library of Congress call number, then alphabetically by the name of the sheet. To determine the specific sheet you need in a series, you will need to use the individual index for that set. Usually one copy of the index will be in the map cases with the set of maps.

Cofrin Library (UW-Green Bay campus) has Wisconsin topographic maps, and they can be found in Search@UW.

Other catalogs to help you choose topographic maps  include:

Other USGS Maps

In addition to topographic maps, the USGS also issues many different subject series of maps, individual maps on various topics, and numerous printed reports that contain extensive maps. 

The different sets of USGS subject maps such as the Hydrologic Investigations Atlases (HA) series, or the Geologic Quadrangle (GQ) series are stored folded and in brown envelopes, and are kept in the filing cabinets surrounding the map cases on 5th floor. They are arranged alphabetically by their series designation (EX: HA) and map number.

Resources to help you identify the appropriate USGS materials are:

Maps in USGS Reports

USGS printed reports, which generally contain many maps, are in the federal documents collection on the 5th floor. Consult a reference librarian if you need help locating them. The major series and their corresponding SuDocs call numbers are:

SuDocs Call Numbers Major Series
GVP/US/ I 19.1:  Annual Reports
GVP/US/ I 19.3:  Bulletins
GVP/US/ I 19.4/2:  Circulars
GVP/US/ I 19.13:  Water Supply Papers
GVP/US/ I 19.16: Professional Papers
GVP/US/ I 19.42/4:  Water Resource Investigations
GVP/US/ I 19.76:  Open File Reports

Some reports may be in microfiche. Reports not owned by UW-Green Bay Libraries may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan. For more information on using USGS and other government produced maps, consult: