Links to Library collections and resources to help educators integrate geographic thinking into their instruction.
The online collections represent a subset of the world’s largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection, which includes over 5.5 million maps, 80,000 atlases, 25,000 geospatial datasets, 6,000 reference works, over 500 globes and globe gores, 3,000 raised relief models, and a large number of cartographic materials in other formats.
World's Revealed: Geography and Maps at the Library of Congress
The official blog for the Geography & Map Division at the Library of Congress contains numerous articles revealing the world of geography by exploring the past, present, and future of maps and mapping.
Places in the News
This regularly updated feature highlights geographical locations of current interest.
Finding Our Place in the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond
This thematic collection of artifacts focuses on the human perspective and changing models of the universe, including ideas about the geography of our solar system.
Earth as Art: A Landsat Perspective
This exhibition includes Landsat satellite images of the Earth, captured over nearly thirty years, that were created by printing visible and infrared data in colors visible to the human eye.
Exploring the Early Americas
This exhibition features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere.
Maps in Our Lives
Celebrating a thirty-year partnership between the Library of Congress and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), this exhibition explores surveying, cartography, geodesy, and geographic information systems, and draws on both the Library's historic map collections and ACSM collection.
Maps From the World Digital Library Primary Source Set
Explore maps from different cultures and eras to discover diverse perspectives on the world's geography. All the items in this set are from the World Digital Library, a project that makes available significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world. Many of the Library’s other primary source sets also contain resources to support geographic thinking.