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Maps & Charts

Yes, we still have these formats

The map cabinets on the third floor of the library contain a collection of paper charts and maps for all areas of the world, and beyond. Many of these can be checked out at the ciruclation desk.

One of the most important local collections in this library is on microfilm on the thrid floor- near the map cabinets.  The microfilm reader and printer is with the microfilm cabinets

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Our Collections

Coastal Charts

The entire United States coastline, including islands, large lakes and major rivers are in this set. A chart indicates water features such as depth, navigation channels and the location of shoals and other sunken objects that are hazards to navigation. Shorelines and landmarks visible from the water are also included in these charts. The charts are organized in numerical order from the Gulf of Mexico, going counterclockwise around the coastline to southern California. "Our" coastal area is the 13200 range. The highest numbers in the set are for Hawaii and the Virgin Islands. The location key for each chart is found in folded catalogs (resembling automobile maps) between book ends on top of the map cabinets.

NOTE: Superseded charts are on the  in plastic bins . Those charts are free for the taking.

Maps of geographical areas (e.g. New England, South Africa)

The National Geographical Society and the Central Intelligence Agency are the major sources of general area maps owned by this library. The arrangement is by continent with a separate drawer for oceanic and island maps.

Thematic maps

Other drawers contain maps that illustrate history, geology, Native American population, fishing patterns, and bathymetric features (the illustration of ocean depth). Each drawer is labeled with the contents.

Posters of moon landings, national parks, commemorations The posters that come to the library from the government document depository system provide a luxurious opportunity for serendipity.

Sanborn Maps On Microfilm (third floor)

Sanborn maps describe the southeastern Massachusetts for the period of the second half of the nineteenth century. These maps were developed to illustrate insurable property. They are valuable not only to identify population and economic features but materials and design of buildings.

The tools of the map reading game