Flower Library strives to make our collections available to all. Below is a list of maps that are physically accessible at the library as well as a directory of websites and other resources that may be helpful on your research journey.

Maps Available at the Library

While our physical collection of maps is small, we do have some maps available in the building! A current guide to this collection is accessible online. All of these maps are located on the second floor in the Reference Department and can be viewed any time the library is open. At this time, these maps must be used inside the library and cannot be checked out.

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Online Map Resources

NYPL’s Map Division holds one of the world’s premier map collections and employs some of the most experienced map research experts. The variety of maps available for public use is expansive!

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To place research requests, researchers must have both a NYPL Digital Library Card and a NYPL Special Collections Account. Both are open to all and can be applied for online.

Once logged in, your Special Collections Account can be used to submit research requests.

Curious about historical travels? Check out NYPL’s research guide! This guide takes you through the research process using resources available through the Map Division and includes search tips and recommended search terms for their catalog.

Need help with any NYPL resources? Contact them via email.

The Library of Congress features a number of unique digital map collections, including the beloved Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps!

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This particular website allows you to search through over 1 million historical maps and images! While the maps available here for free are watermarked, they are sufficient for use by the average researcher.

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Other Local Contacts

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton NY is your go-to for all things boats, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River! These experts will help you navigate the materials and artifacts related to the local bodies of water, including an online collections database.

The Jefferson County Clerks Office offers a wealth of maps and related land resources, including deeds, mortgage records, and other official documents. Some are searchable online – contact them directly for more information.

Speak with representatives from our local military installation for help with anything military-related!