Printed maps and atlases are located in both the Armstrong Library and the Davis Family Library. You may find you need to use both libraries to find all the sources you are looking for. In most cases the best place to start your research is the Maps and GIS guide.
Students, faculty and staff who cannot locate a desired map in the Middlebury Libraries can borrow maps through Interlibrary Loan.
Maps at Armstrong
Generally, Armstrong Library has printed sheet maps, books, and journals related to human and physical geography and geology.
The Armstrong Library maintains the College’s collection of topographical maps, including U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographical quadrangles. The Library holds the latest editions of most series, and these may be checked out for two weeks. All editions of the Vermont series are retained; the two most recent editions may be checked out but older editions are kept in a locked case and do not circulate. The Library owns multiple copies of some Vermont maps.
Topographic maps are available at the following scales:
- 1:24,000 or 1:25,000 (7.5-minutes), including orthophotoquads and orthophotomaps. Current Vermont coverage is duplicated in the Main Library Index Area, although these sheets are non-circulating.
- 1:25,000 (7.5 by 15-minutes)
- 1:50,000 (15-minutes), published by the Defense Mapping Agency
- 1:62,500 (15-minutes)
- 1:100,000 (30 by 60-minutes)
- 1:250,000 (1 by 2-degrees)
Maps at the Davis Family Library
The Davis Family Library has most political and social science publications and almost all government publications, including many maps produced by government agencies other than the USGS. For example, the Davis Family Library holds the College’s extensive collection of maps made by the CIA.
The Davis Family Library also has a large number of books dealing with the geography of nations, regions, and other places around the world, as well as many of the College’s reference atlases.