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Print Map Collection
The University Library's print Map Collection is located on Level-10-South. Included are topographical, thematic, historical and geological maps.
Use the GIS & Spatial Data LibGuide if you are seeking map-related data compatible with GIS software,
Use the free GeoGratis Geospatial Products tool if you require digital NTS topographic maps (PDF / GeoTIFF formats).
A Research Guide to Cartographic Resources
NTS Map Detail -- Lethbridge, Alberta (1965)
Strategies for Finding Maps @ the University of Lethbridge Library
LIBRARY CATALOGUE: All available
print maps are described in the Library Catalogue. Use it to find the map's location and call number by performing an Advanced Keyword search using a keyword (e.g., "Lethbridge") and limiting results by Location to "UofL Map Collection." Hint: You can identify maps held in other Library locations (e.g., Government Documents) by limiting results to Material Type "Map."
SUMMON: This discovery tool will search for both
print and digital maps described in Library Catalogue as well as those held in other locations (e.g., Open Government collections). After a keyword search it is necessary to limit results by "Content Type" > "Map."
NTS INDEX MAPS: To identify topographic maps of Canada, use the NTS Index Maps located
on top of the map cabinets or use GeoGratis. Maps are available in two standard scales: 1/50,000 and 1/250,000. E.g., 82H ( online & print) is the 1:250,000 scale for Lethbridge, Alberta and 82H/10 ( online & print ) is the 1:50,000 scale.
Finding Tools section of the GIS & Spatial Data LibGuide provides additional electronic discovery tools for locating both print and digital maps (e.g., place-name search).
Frequently Used Series Maps
Digital Maps: Web Resources
The Atlas of Canada
The Atlas of Canada provides authoritative, current and accessible geographic information products at a national level. Working with partners, the Atlas facilitates the integration and analysis of diverse data in order to increase overall knowledge about Canada.
Alberta Map Product Downloads [Alberta Environment & Parks]
Provincial Base Map Series and other map products. Open Government License - Alberta.
City of Lethbridge Maps & GIS [Some Free]
Current geographic data for the City of Lethbridge; includes Interactive WebMAPs.
File type: PDF (free maps); Shapefile & CAD (for purchase).
Open Government Portal - Natural Resources Canada
Free geospatial data for all of Canada; includes GeoBase Orthoimagery 2005-2010.
National Geographic MapMaker
A free tool for building customized maps
Printable USGS PDF Quads [National Geographic Society]
National Geographic web interface useful for finding any quad in the United States for downloading and printing. Each quad has been pre-processed to print on a standard home, letter size printer.
Free maps, blank maps, map outlines, and base maps.
Old Maps Online
A searchable portal containing historical maps contributed by various libraries worldwide. Content ranges from 1000 to 2010.
David Rumsey Map Collection
The historical map collection has over 33,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World,Europe,Asia, and Africa are also represented.
Peel's Prairie Provinces -- Historical Maps
Collection of 1000+ historical maps related to the development of the Canadian Prairies.
Digital Historic Maps of Western Canadian Prairies -- U. of Calgary
Scanned maps from the University of Calgary's collection, as well as links to other web resources for historic maps, focused primarily on the western Canadian prairies
Ontario Historical Topographic Map Digitization Project
Digitized and georeference early-to-mid 20th century historical topographic maps covering the Province of Ontario at scales of 1:25,000 and 1:63,360.
Collections of Canadian Historic Maps -- U. of Calgary
Collection of link to websites providing access to Albertan, Canadian, and international historical maps.
Indian Reserves [electronic resource] : Western Canada
Approximately 1,500 maps and plans that relate to Aboriginal reserves and settlements in western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Territory).
Map of City of Lethbridge Compiled by J. F. Hamilton (1909)
Map-Related Subject Headings: Examples
Subject Headings are used in the Library Catalogue to group materials pertaining to similar subject matter.