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Bing Maps
Maps, driving directions, business locations, and more.
Google Maps
Maps, driving directions, business locations, and more. Users without high speed Internet might prefer to use the HTML-only edition of this service.
Generate maps of locations as well as driving directions to and from destinations. You can also locate places by address and find attractions and services local to those areas, including hotels, dining locations, stores, schools and universities, museums, libraries, and more.
Rand McNally: Driving Directions
Maps, driving directions, and more.

Maps - General Information
How Stuff Works: How Maps Work
How Maps Were Made
From New York Public Library. Archived website at
How to Read a Map
From New York Public Library. Archived website at
How to Read a Topographic Map
From How Stuff Works: Hiking

Maps - Historical Maps & Atlases
Atlases of the United States
Historical atlases from the New York Public Library Digital Collections.
David Rumsey Map Collection Database
"The historical map collection has over 80,000 maps and images online. The collection includes rare 16th through 21st century maps of America, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Pacific and the World. Popular collection categories are celestial, antique atlas, globe, school geography, maritime chart, state, county, city, pocket, wall & case, children's, and manuscript maps. Search examples: Pictorial maps, United States maps, Geology maps, California map, Afghanistan map, America map, New York City map, Chicago map, and U.S. Civil War maps. Browse map categories: What, Where, Who, When. The collection is used to study history, art, genealogy, explorations, and family history."
Discovery and Exploration
"This category documents the discovery and exploration with both manuscripts and published maps. Many of these maps reflect the European Age of Discoveries, dating from the late 15th century to the 17th century when Europeans were concerned primarily with determining the outline of the continents as they explored and mapped the coastal areas and the major waterways. Also included are 18th and 19th century maps documenting the exploration and mapping of the interior parts of the continents, reflecting the work of Lewis and Clark and subsequent government explorers and surveyors." From the Library of Congress.
Historical Maps of the United States
Includes maps of cities, territories, American Indians' tribes, settlements, military history maps, and more. From the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection.
Military Battles and Campaigns
American and international maps "showing campaigns of major military conflicts including troop movements, defensive structures and groundworks, roads to and from sites of military engagements, campsites, and local buildings, topography and vegetation. Some of the maps are manuscripts drawn on the field of battle, while others are engraved including some that have manuscript annotations reflecting the history of the battle or campaign. A significant number of battle maps provide information about the locality that is not available elsewhere such as the location of plantations, the names of landowners in the area, the configuration of small towns and villages, and indications of prior settlement by Native Americans." From the Library of Congress.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Historical Maps
Historical maps arranged by continent. Includes a directory of links to other historical map collections as well. From the University at Texas at Austin.
Railroad Maps, 1828 to 1900
"The Railroad maps represent an important historical record, illustrating the growth of travel and settlement as well as the development of industry and agriculture in the United States. They depict the development of cartographic style and technique, highlighting the achievement of early railroaders. Included in the collection are progress report surveys for individual lines, official government surveys, promotional maps, maps showing land grants and rights-of-way, and route guides published by commercial firms." From the Library of Congress.
Rare Map Collection
A collection of more than 800 historical maps of America spanning nearly 500 years.
Sanborn Maps
"The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers." From the Library of Congress.

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New York State & New York City Maps
Digital Raster Quadrangles
New York State topographical Maps. From NYSGIS Clearinghouse.
Historic District Maps of New York City
Maps for all five buroughs of New York City. From the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Historical Maps of the New York City Subway System
From 1880 to 2005.
MTA Maps
From the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
New York and United States Map Links
Includes blank outline maps, landform maps, a climate map, and a political map of the state. Includes county disignations. Also US outline maps with states, capitols, and/or major cities.
New York City Transportation Maps
Besides PDF maps, you can find out fares and where to pick up copies of the maps.
Subway, Bus, and Rail maps of New York City Map gallery
"The mapping applications below are designed to make living in New York City easier and to provide New Yorkers with ways to live an engaged civic life. From 311 service requests and crime locations, to schools and public services, use these resources for staying geographically connected to the city. Check back periodically as the list will continue to expand." From

Maps of the World
U.S. Maps
Color Landform Atlas of the United States
Select a state and see a county map, shaded relief map, satellite map and other maps.
Everything you want to know about each state, such as area codes, famous people, schools, climate, history, symbols, zoos and much more. Includes blank state outline maps.
The National Map
"The geographic information available from The National Map includes orthoimagery (aerial photographs), elevation, geographic names, hydrography, boundaries, transportation, structures, and land cover." From the U.S. Geological Survey. Provides printable maps including a map of the United States and state capitals. Other maps include Time Zones, Presidential Elections (1789 to 2000), Indian Reservations, Congressional Districts, and more. From the United States Department of the Interior (DOI).

Please note: We are combining the National Atlas of the United States with The National Map to provide a single source for geospatial and cartographic information.
Modern Language Association Language Map
View and compare color coded maps of the United States as a whole or by each state. Bar graphs can be created by state, zip code, town, city or county.
State-based County Outline Maps
"The State-based County Outline map series for both 1990 and 2000 consists of a page-sized PDF map of each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Island Area that shows the boundaries and names of their counties or statistically equivalent areas." From the United States Census.
United States Maps
From the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. Maps
From government agencies. Topics: Community, Environmental, Health, Historical, Space, United States, Weather, Where to Buy U.S. Government Maps and World. From the U.S. Government (

World Maps
Full color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
Atlases and Maps
A list of links to over 60 sites including earthquakes, relief maps, street maps, historical maps and much more.
Education Place Outline Maps
Arranged by continent. Also includes individual maps of the 50 state and historical American maps. Includes some unlabeled maps.
Fact Monster World Atlas & Map Library
Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century
Interactive maps of the 20th century trends, governments, and much more.
Library Spot's Maps
Includes links to maps collections, U.S. maps, world maps, and specialized maps such as aerial, zip codes, space, topographic, and many more.
The Map Collection of the National Library of Australia
"Our Maps collection includes over 600,000 maps, from early European charts to current mapping of Australia, in print and digital form. All online maps are now freely available for download, in high resolution." Tip: Please scroll down their page for full details and collection highlights. See also their Using the Maps Collection page. From the National Library of Australia.
The MapMachine
Find nearly any place on Earth, and view it by population, climate, and much more. Plus, browse antique maps, find country facts, or plan your next outdoor adventure with our trail maps.
MapMaker 1 Page Maps
Create one-page outline maps and download, email, print or share them. Customize using Basic Map Elements, Borders and Names, and Other Features. Also includes drawing tools and markers. From National Geographic.
A collection of atlases published before 1923 searchable by keyword. Requires Adobe Flash. Each click on a maps zooms in for more and more detail. Maps are in color and black and white. Includes "Historical Atlas to Modern Europe" covering the Roman Empire through to the end of the 19th century.
National Geographic: Map Library
Filter your search by Grades, Types, and Subjects from Cartography to Social Studies. From National Geographic.
Outline Maps
Blank outline maps of World Regions, the United States, and South Carolina in pdf format. From South Carolina Geography Education.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
"The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (PCL 1.306) is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. Many of the maps are included in our Library Catalog. More than 11,000 map images from our collection are also available online."
Rand McNally
Street maps, North America travel guides, trip planning, blog, fun facts about major destinations, and more.
Science Topics: Maps and Atlases
Includes Geologic Maps; Topographic Maps; Seismic Hazards Maps; Earthquake Occurrence Maps and much more. From the U.S. Geological Society (USGS).
Topo Maps, Aerial Photos & Topographic Map Data
Locate by longitude and latitude, search by keyword, or browse by points of interest. From
Browse with the Map Viewer; search with longitude and latitude coordinates with Find Maps; Find Places by name.
Includes special topics such as Bodies of Water, Continents, Countries, Currency Conversion, Current Time, Distances, Equator, Hemispheres, Find Any Address, Find Any City, Find Any Latitude and Longitude, Oceans, Flags, Outline Maps, Populations and World Maps.

Middletown Thrall Library: Library Maps
Driving Directions to Middletown Thrall Library
Visit the library! Includes links with maps/directions to Thrall via Google Maps, Mapquest, or Yahoo! Maps.
Maps of Middletown Thrall Library's Interior
Layouts of the first and second floorplans. PDF format.
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