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A ‘map’ is any graphic representation of an area in two dimensions. Although almost any characteristic of the land or its inhabitants can be depicted, the most common features are political divisions, transportation routes, and topographic features. The Cal Poly Pomona map collection contains a wide variety of useful information in map format.
An 'atlas' is a book of maps. Call numbers for atlases are obtained by using the Library Catalog. Books that contain maps may be in any part of the collection. A broad search for a particular geographic location would be a KEYWORD search using the terms "and (map* or atlas*)":
Note that these are extremely broad searches and may retrieve a lot of irrelevant material.
Location and Circulation of Atlases and Maps
Maps, atlases and globes are located on the sixth floor. (See the locations marked "Atlas" and "Map Cases" on the sixth floor map) . Those atlases with the superscript ATLAS above the call number do not circulate while older editions of atlases may be checked out at the second floor Circulation/Reserve Desk.
Paper sheet maps are located in the metal cabinets grouped together along the north wall of the sixth floor.
Maps and non-circulating atlases generally do not circulate. However, if you need to check out any of these items, please consult with the person at the second floor Research Help Desk.
Non Library Maps and Resouces
Maps for purchase at the Bronco Bookstore:
Topographic map for the San Dimas Quadrangle (the Quadrangle that contains most of Cal Poly) for sale in their textbook section, and
Blank Outline Maps for the world and the individual continents.
Contents of the Cal Poly Pomona Map Collection (6th Floor)
FLAT MAPS IN THE DRAWERS OF THE MAP CABINETS: WORLD: World Map Group 1:250 000 (oversize) Maps of Countries Group Historical Maps Maps from the NationalGeographic magazine 1950 – current Oceans – Small Scale Maps Special collection of maps in Spanish – Mexico and Central America
UNITED STATES: Earthquake Faults Ethnic Groups Geologic, Tectonic, Basement Rock maps Physiographic Features National Parks, Monuments, etc. Economic/Socio/Political Information Topographic, USGS, 1:250 000 Group Topographic Maps of Western States, USGS, 1:24 000 Arizona – Mexico Border Air Photo Series, 1:25 000 USGA/DMA 1:50 000 – 15 Min Maps
C ALIFORNIA: Census Tracts - 1970, 1980, 1990 California Topographic, USGS, Metric 1:100 000 California Topographic, USGS, Metric 1:25 000 Topographic Maps, USGS, 1:24 000 California Rivers Surface Management & Minerals Management, by quadrangle Pacific Coast Ecological Inventory 7.5 Minute series – Orthophotoquad maps of California
GREATER LOS ANGELES AREA: Street, Aero photo maps, points of interest, boundaries, and recreation Economic/Business information Socio/Political Information Ethnic Groups SAN DIEGO AREA SAN FRANCISCO/SACRAMENTO AREA RAISED RELIEF MAPS: California 1:250 000 Grand Canyon 1:250 000 Hawaiian Islands 1:250 000 CATALOGED MAP SETS – American Revolution, 1775-1783; Declassified D-Day battle map; Fault activity map of California and adjacent areas
BOXED MAP COLLECTION Folded road maps for Southern California, the U.S. states, and selected world cities and regions of interest to travelers: [In boxes numbers 1 – 17]
USGS Geologic Investigations Series: [In boxes numbers A-1 and A-2] California Division of Mines and Geology: [In boxes numbered B through H]
Definition of Terms Used to Describe Maps and Atlases
A map designed for navigation.
Aeronautical charts are used for air navigation, while nautical charts are
used on navigable waters.
Lines on a map joining points
having equal elevation or depth.
The distance north or south from
the equator along parallel lines encircling the earth. Latitude is
expressed in degrees, and perhaps also minutes and seconds. For
example, the latitude of Pomona is 34 04’ N.
A list or table printed in the margin
of a map explaining the symbols and print styles used on the face of the map.
An imaginary great circle on the
surface of the earth passing through the north and south poles at right
angles to the equator. Longitude is expressed in degrees, and perhaps
also in minutes and second. For example, the longitude of Pomona is
117 45’ W.
A great circle on the Earth’s
surface passing through both poles at any given place.
One that depicts four-sided areas
bounded on the east and west by meridians of longitude, and on the north and
south by parallels of latitude. Each ‘square’ is a quadrangle.
One showing variations in height
or depth on the Earth’s surface--such as mountains, valleys, water courses,
roads or buildings--by graphic methods including contours, hill shading, and
ratio between distances on a map and the same distances on the ground.
It may be given as a numerical ratio or by bars marked in feet, miles or
kilometers. Here are some standard scales:
1:24,000 1 inch =
1 inch = about
1 x 2 degree
1 inch = about 4 miles
12 x 18
1 inch = about 40 miles
These are maps showing the
elevation of the land, as portrayed by contours, and related information such
as flora, waterways, roads, and buildings. Most topographic maps cover
one or more quadrangles.
The United States
Geological Survey, maker and publisher of fine maps including the
USGS topographic map series.