Touchton Map Library
A map is more than just a tool to get you from one place to another.
Maps can communicate political boundaries or chart environmental changes. Historic maps can tell you how the people who made them understood the wider world around them and how technology evolved over time. Maps can even be viewed as intricate works of art.
The Touchton Map Library and Florida Center for Cartographic Education is home to more than 8,000 maps, charts and other documents dating back from the early European exploration of North America more than 500 years ago up through the early 21st century.
In partnership with the University of South Florida Libraries, the Touchton Map Library also has access to the university’s diverse collection of more than 10,000 state and regional maps, mostly related to government agencies and documents covering the past 200 years.
The collection includes thousands of maps and documents spanning five centuries. Below are a few examples.
The only cartographic center in the Southeastern United States.
The Touchton Map Library – with its focus on Florida and the Caribbean – is an invaluable resource for students and researchers across the state and around the world.