Welcome to Stanford's Map Libraries

We love maps. They are beautiful documents and rich primary sources. Maps can do much more than show you the locations of cities or countries. Like all things made by people—books, artworks, buildings—maps can give you insight into the culture that created them. We've created this website to help you start thinking about maps in broad and interesting ways.

This website provides:

• A quick start guide to map analysis, for those with papers due tomorrow

• Design lessons from maps

• Guides to reading & analyzing maps

• Help with finding useful maps

• Where to look for additional resources

☞ Click on "I Need Help With..." on the toolbar at top to get started.