The Geography Map Library Online Collection


U.S. Depository Library

Sanborn SampleThe Map Library is a congressionally designated depository for maps published by the U.S. Government. Public access to the Goverment documents collection is guaranteed by public law.

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The Geography Department Map Library contains a research-level collection of historical and thematic maps in support of CSUN students, staff, and faculty. International in scope, the library's area strengths include maps of Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, the Bay Area, and California.The Map Library also contains one of the premier collections of Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases in the country, and is a USGS depository providing access to a comprehensive collection of topographic maps.

The Map Library holds a wide variety of general and thematic maps of the United States and the World. Among the many maps available in the collection are road maps of the U.S. states and cities, travel and tourist maps of foreign areas, CIA maps of regions and countries of the world, geologic and hydrologic maps of U.S. states and regions, bathymetric maps of the U.S. coastal waters, U.S. Forest Service maps showing details of the National Forests, Bureau of Land Management maps depicting land status for western states.

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Small section of a 1888 Sanborn Map of Los Angeles Brewery

Learn about our massive collection of Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

The Map Library has one of the largest collections of Sanborn Fire Insurance maps in the country. Coverage includes over 1,631 cities and towns primarily in the western United States.

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small section of a man shooting air photos from a biplane

The Map Library's Air Photo Collection

The Geography Map Library contains over 5,000 contemporary and historical aerial photographs. The collection's emphasis is on the San Fernando Valley with additional coverage of Los Angeles County along with various Orthophotoquads for a number of states.

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small sample geologic map of Montana

Geologic Maps

The Map Library has a large collection of geologic maps, historic geologic folios, atlases, field guides, air photos of geologic features, and orthophoto maps. The collections focuses primarily on Southern California, but also contains a variety of locations in the United States.

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Geography Map Library
171 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8249

phone: (818) 677-3465


Monday - Friday   8:30am - 5pm
Saturday   closed
Sunday   closed
Closed all university holidays

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