A guide to maps in Mullins Library and on the Web.

About Topographic Maps

Close Up of University of Arkansas area on Fayetteville topographic map.Topographic maps show the shape and elevation of the terrain using contour lines and name prominent natural and cultural features.  Topographic maps for the U.S. are produced by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), with the 7.5 Minute series offering the greatest detail and complete coverage for the country. These are the most commonly used maps and, at a scale of 1:24,000 (1 inch = 2,000 feet), they have the greatest level of detail.

The library has several additional USGS topographic map series in print.

You can find more information about topographic maps at these sites.

Online Topographic Maps

Print Topographic Maps in Mullins Library

The library has each of the USGS topographic map series in print. Detailed descriptions of these series are available. 


Need to find the library's print topo maps?

  • Use US Topo to determine the name of the map sheet you need. Search for a location or feature name, then click on the map pin that displays. The popup will note the map sheet name. 

  • A map index is placed in the top drawer for each state.The indexes will help you if you don't already know the name of the map sheet you need. A guide to using printed USGS topographic map indexes is available from the SUNY - Buffalo Library. 
  • If your map isn't where it should be, try looking on top of the map cabinets, where maps are placed for refiling after use.
  • Please ask at the government documents (4th floor, next to maps) or reference desks (2nd floor, lobby level) if you need help!