Below is a list of print maps in the library and online maps that are free to use on the Internet, unless otherwise indicated by the following icon:
- Access is Restricted to Concordia Users
About the print map collection
The Concordia University Library print map collection is located in the Webster Library, on the 3rd floor near the north staircase, Mackay side (see its exact location on a floor plan). It is accessible during regular library hours. To help you find maps in the collection, there is a set of map indexes located at the Ask Us! desk. The staff and librarians at that desk will also be able to provide more information or help. Please drop by during service hours.
Below is a complete list of the map series in our collection.
Canadian topographic maps (federal government)
These topographic or contour maps offer a graphic representation of the physical features of a place. Note that we only have the maps covering the province of Quebec and southern Ontario. The maps are available at the following scale:
- 1:50,000. Located in map cabinets 2 to 4
To find published maps in the National Topographic System of Canada (NTS) consult the map Indexes to the National Topographic System of Canada. These index maps are located at the Ask Us! desk.
To find maps for a specific location in Canada consult the Geographical Names of Canada, an online gazetteer that contains location information, including the NTS map code. You can also consult the Toporama interactive map that will show you the NTS grid with NTS codes.
Geological maps of Canada
Concordia University library has a small collection of bedrock and surficial geology maps of Canada at various scales, produced by the Geological Survey of Canada. These maps are located in map cabinet 4. An Excel spreadsheet listing these maps can be consulted at the Ask Us! desk.
National Atlas of Canada
Unlike previous bound editions, the 5th edition is published as a series of individual thematic maps at various scales. Topics covered include climate, forestry, population, transport, etc. These maps are located in the map cabinet 2. The digital (and most current) version of this atlas is available online.
Quebec topographic maps (Quebec government)
We have a very small subset of the Quebec topographic series that covers the province of Quebec at the scale of 1:20,000. These maps, located in map cabinet 2, are more detailed that the topographic 1:50,000 topographic maps of Canada.
- National Atlas of Canada Online: the printed versions of the National Atlas of Canada are also available at Concordia Library
- Topographic Information, federal government page where you can find maps, data, applications and tools
- Atlas Québec: includes the main atlases created by the Government of Québec
- Le Québec géographique: portal to the collection of maps, atlases and other geographic products produced by the Government of Québec (both in print and online)
- Atlas du Québec: includes regional and inter-regional atlases
- Bibliothèque et Archives nationales (BANQ): large collection of digital maps of Quebec. Broad historical coverage
- Geographical Names Search from Natural Resources Canada
- Information on the topographic maps of Canada including TOPO 101 - Topographic Maps: the basics. The printed versions of Canadian topographic maps are also available at Concordia Library
- The Census Program website has an extensive collection of current Canadian Census Maps
- The National Map of the United States (created by the U.S. Geological Survey)
- Library of Congress' Map Collections: mostly US historical maps but includes some resources of other regions
- U.S. Geological Survey: national mapping information
- U.S. Census Bureau Maps and Cartographic Resources
- U.S. Gazetteer Files
- Color Landform Atlas of the United States
- TerraServer: detailed aerial photographic and topographic maps
- geology.com: includes relief, elevation, drainage, political and road maps for all the States
- Google Maps: maps and satellite images
- Bing Maps (Microsoft): maps and satellite images
- National Geographic's Map Maker: includes dynamic maps (themes and places), atlas maps, flags and facts
- Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection
- Ancient World Mapping Center: historical maps
- David Rumsey Map Collection: over 11,000 historical maps. Focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps