Reminder: Free map giveaway at USGS through Sept. 24

by Linda Hubbard on September 11, 2012

The California Geological Survey is giving away free maps in preparation for the move of their Maps and Publications Sales office at the end of the month. Spurred by a U.S. Geological Survey initiative to reduce rent costs and the amount of federal space occupied, CGS will move their map store to the second floor of the same building they currently occupy. The new retail space will be smaller than it is now, necessitating a significant reduction in inventory.

The store is located on the USGS campus at 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, Calif. Free maps will be available during regular business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The give-away maps, which normally sell for $8. –$15., include all topographic maps for areas outside California, and all thematic maps outside California.

Maps are limited to stock on hand, and takers are responsible for removing the maps before Sept. 24. There is no space to save or reserve maps for individuals. No shipping or delivery will be provided. Maps are available first come, first served. The public can call 650-688-6327 for more information.

“I urge people to take advantage of this rare reduction in inventory to acquire maps that are useful, educational, as well as beautiful,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “I credit my daughters’ knowledge of California geography to the fact that I chose to cover a bare wall in my home with surplus maps many years ago.”

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