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Information about finding and describing maps including map scale, place names and digital data.

Where do I find maps?

All maps, atlases and digital map data held by the University of Queensland Library are listed in Library Search. Maps are available in several formats including:

  • Printed sheets or atlases
  • Digital data either on electronic databases or via the Internet

Map types

  • Cadastral - boundary and survey maps
  • Topographic - terrain and physical landscape
  • Geological - topographic maps with geological features including mineral resources, soil, bedrock, strata 
  • Census - population and housing
  • Administrative including Electoral and Local Government
  • Historical - any of the above
  • Bathymetric - map of underwater terrain

Find maps online and/or in the:

  • Central Library
  • Architecture and Music Library
  • Fryer Library
  • Gatton Library
  • Library Warehouse (off-site storage of maps)

Online resources

UQ Library and free resources are available online:


For general queries about maps-

Kellie Ashley

Find the liaison for your school, centre or institute for help with specific kinds of maps.

Map of Australia

Image courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Fires in Australia

Source: Fires in Northern Australia: NASA Earth Observatory. NASA images by Jeff Schmaltz. 2017