Reference collection

  • U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps
  • 7.5 minute maps for states west of the Rockies
  • 15 minute maps for all states, excluding Alaska
  • Defense Mapping Agency (Army Map Service) maps of the world
  • Canadian National Topographic System maps of British Columbia
  • Ordnance Survey maps of the United Kingdom
  • NOAA nautical charts for Alaska, the West Coast, Hawaii, and U.S. possessions in the Pacific
  • Green Trails hiking maps for Washington and Oregon
  • Custom Correct hiking maps for the Olympic Peninsula

Please note: Many of the government-produced map series above are no longer being provided in print format by their respective government agencies. For the most current versions, please see U.S. Geological Survey, Atlas of Canada, Ordnance Survey, and NOAA.

Circulating collection

  • Approximately 700 circulating sheet maps covering a variety of world geographies and themes.
  • Miscellaneous folded maps of United States federal public lands—including National Parks, Monuments, Historical Parks, Nature Reserves, etc.—received through the Federal Depository Library Program.

Also located on Level 9 outside the Map Room is a large selection of current circulating local, national, and international travel and street maps (these were recently updated in 2017 with over 1,200 new maps), as well as a circulating collection of National Geographic and CIA maps. A reference collection of world historical atlases and historical property atlases of Washington counties can also be found on Level 9 as part of the Library’s Genealogy Collection.

Local Seattle and King County historical maps, including historical real estate and fire insurance maps, are located in the Seattle Room on Level 10.

Digital map resources

  • We have a subscription to Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, which includes detailed historical maps showing streets and building footprints for Seattle (1884-1951), other Puget Sound cities, and cities of the entire United States.
  • See our list of Digital Map Resources for additional online map sources.

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