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Finding Topographic Maps - Oakland Campus: Home

This guide will help you find topographic maps of the U.S. and other countries that are located in Pitt's Hillman Library and on the web.

Other Guides

For more general information about maps and the map collection at the University of Pittsburgh, see:

Databases and Websites for Finding Topographic Maps

Understanding Topographic Maps

Topographic maps use contour lines to show the shape and elevation of the land. Typically, they also show natural features such as mountains, valleys, lakes and rivers, and humanly-made features such as roads, boundaries, railroad routes, and major buildings. Topographic maps are commonly used for information about terrain, as well as for geographic detail.

For more information about topographic maps, see:


Location of our Map Collection

The Hillman Library map collection is located on the ground floor of the library, near the Cup & Chaucer Cafe. When you enter on the ground floor, proceed past the service desk. The map collection will be ahead and to your right.



Liaison Librarian

Christopher Lemery
207E Hillman Library