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Frequently Used Resources
Road Maps & the Collection
The Map Collection collects state highway maps for the entire United States and road and street maps for major cities in the U.S. and the world, with more in-depth coverage for Washington state.
Catalog Search Tips: Road Maps
The best way to find a recent road map for your geographic area of choice is to find a call number range by looking at our LC Map Call Numbers Finding Aid, then go to the General Map Cases and browse within that range (for more help on LC Map Call Numbers, try our How to Use and Understand Maps page). Maps cataloged as road maps have a ".P2" in the call number; however, some road maps are cataloged as general maps, so be sure to look at both general maps and maps by subject.
- Use a KEYWORDS search.
- Because many road maps are considered general maps, they may not have the word "road" in the title or subject headings. In the text box, start by typing in your geographic area and refining your results by the material type "maps".
- If this results in too many maps, narrow the search by adding more specific key words. In the text box, type in your geographic area and "maps" or "atlases" and "road* or street*". The asterisk * tells the catalog to search for any word beginning with those letters.
Related Terms & Definitions
Road maps contain detailed information about roads, streets, and highways for a geographic area. Familiar names in road map publishing include AAA, Rand McNally, and Thomas Bros.
Where Can I Buy Road Maps?
The American Automobile Association (AAA)
sells road maps of every part of the United States and many foreign countries; if you are a member, you can get maps for free by walking into any AAA location and requesting them. Their online trip planning tools are also free, but are available only to members.
has an excellent website for buying their road maps of the United States and the world, and other publishers' maps as well. The company bought Thomas Bros. several years ago, so this is also the place to buy Thomas Guides.
Road Map Collectors Association
has lists of map dealers who specialize in road maps.