Topographic maps represent the Earth’s features accurately and to scale on a two dimensional surface. Some common layers typically include contours, hydrography, vegetation, transportation, cultural features (ie. buildings, towers, urban development, pipelines, etc) and boundaries.

Paper Format

The Carleton University Library has a wide range of topographic map series for various countries. These maps are uncatalogued, but can be found by navigating the map cabinets and following the classification numbers as seen below.

Region Maps
  • North America
    • Canada
    • United States
    • Caribbean Area
    • Mexico
    • Central America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • U.S.S.R / Russia
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australasia
  • G3300-5184
    • G3400-3612
    • G3700-4384
    • G4390-4392
    • G4410-4763
    • G4800-4874
  • G5200-5667
  • G5700-7342
  • G7000-7342
  • G7400-8198.54
  • G8200-8904
  • G8950-9084

Online Maps

Below are some online resources to help find topographic maps.

Thematic maps show the spatial distribution of one or more specific data themes for a selected geographic area. The Carleton University Library has large amount of maps with a wide range of themes that can be found using our catalogue.

Searching for Paper Maps

Step 1: Connect to Carleton University Library Catalogue  - Advanced Keyword Search

Step 2: Under "Material Type" - select "Maps/Atlases" drop-down options to limit the search results to the paper map inventory.

Step 3: Type keywords in the search box e.g. Ottawa land use

The following are the classification numbers assigned to each geographic area for Atlases and Maps. This should better help users navigate the map cabinets at the library.

Region Maps
  • North America
    • Canada
    • United States
    • Caribbean Area
    • Mexico
    • Central America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • U.S.S.R / Russia
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Australasia
  • G3300-5184
    • G3400-3612
    • G3700-4384
    • G4390-4392
    • G4410-4763
    • G4800-4874
  • G5200-5667
  • G5700-7342
  • G7000-7342
  • G7400-8198.54
  • G8200-8904
  • G8950-9084

 

Searching for Online Maps

The following is a selection of online resources to access our most popular thematic maps. 

General

Geology Maps

Soils

Hydrographic (Nautical Charts) and Bathymetric Chart

Content last updated: May 18, 2017