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Maps at VPL

The VPL map collection includes maps and atlases of every description: from street maps of present-day Vancouver to historical atlases of ancient Rome, from bathymetric maps of the ocean floor to geological maps of Jupiter's moons.


The Road Map Collection

VPL has administrative and road maps for most countries of the world, and for cities, states, provinces and regions. There is a strong focus on maps of British Columbia, but other Canadian, American and international cities and regions are also covered. 

Access: Use the A-Z Road Map Index to look-up the name of a specific city, country or region. The A-Z Road Map Index lists maps alphabetically by place name, and indicates the date, scale and publisher.

Hint: If you cannot find a particular place, remember to be flexible in your searching. For example, if you are looking for a map of Eureka, California and cannot find it under "E" for Eureka, try looking for a map under "C" for California - Northern.

Location: Level 6 Map Area filing cabinets.

Road Atlases

Road atlases usually include highways and secondary roads, as well as detailed street plans for major cities. Most road atlases are indexed so that locating a specific destination is easy.

Access: To find books containing road maps, search the online library catalogue. Using keyword, enter [place or country name] and road maps as seen in the following examples:

Location: Road atlases are shelved with other atlases on Level 6.

Other Series of Regional and City Maps

There are several other series of maps that provide additional sources for locating regional and city maps of British Columbia. Check with the Librarian for information on the series of electoral maps of B.C. and Survey Sectional maps of Vancouver.

Many municipal governments now provide mapping services and geographic information systems on the Internet. The City of Vancouver provides public access through VanMap.