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Maps and Geospatial Information: Home

This is the guide to the Library's Map Collection, and information regarding Geospatial Information.


Map of the total solar eclipse of the United States on Monday, August 21, 2017
Here at Mines, we will have a 92% partial eclipse

Find out more at NASA's official eclipse website




The Library has recently acquired the National Forest Service's entire aerial photograph collection of Colorado.  The collection dates from the 1930s to the mid 2000s, and covers the National Forests and Grasslands of Colorado (Arapaho, Grand Mesa, Gunnison, Pike, Rio Grande, Roosevelt, Routt, San Isabel, San Juan, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forests, and Comanche, and Pawnee National Grasslands).  The collection numbers well over 100,000 photographs; the early ones are in black & white, and the later ones are in color.  

The photos are being integrated in to the current collection, and available for check out. Find the photos that are in the Library's Catalog

Roaring Fork Valley southeast of Aspen, 1939                                    

Roaring Fork Valley southeast of Aspen, 1939                                      Big Thompson Valley, 1950

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What's this all about

This guide will introduce you to library resources regarding maps, and geospatial information, including GIS data.

Use the tabs above to navigate through the following pages of the guide:

  • Topographic maps -- resources for topographic maps (paper, scanned, digital)
  • Geologic maps -- resources for geologic maps (paper, scanned, digital)
  • Mining maps -- resources for mining maps (paper, scanned, digital)
  • Aerial photographs -- resources for aerial photographs (paper, scanned, digital)
  • Scanned maps -- links to important scanned map collections
  • Buy maps -- where to buy maps locally and online
  • Map organizations -- links to important map organizations, and map libraries throughout the world
  • GIS data -- digital data that maybe used in a Geographic Information Service (GIS)
  • Maps by U.S. government agencies -- links to a variety of websites that contain maps, and mapping data produced by various federal agencies
  • Map tools for librarians -- information about tools for librarians developed at the Arthur Lakes Library, and links to tools useful to other librarians
  • About the Map Collection -- fun facts about the Map Collection

Outreach, Instruction, and Geospatial Information Librarian