Nautical and aeronautical charts are maps created to aide in navigation of watercraft and aircraft, respectively.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes nautical charts and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes aeronautical charts.
Nautical and aeronautical charts are held in the Maps Unit as well as the Government Documents section of the library. Check the library catalog for location and availability. The online tools listed on this page may be used to determine the chart(s) needed prior to scheduling a visit.
Print maps held by the Maps Unit are accessible by request in the Maps Unit during Special Collections hours.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) publishes nautical charts.
Nautical charts are maps of maritime areas and coastal regions. Charts may show water depth, topography of the land, seabed features, coastline details, navigational aids, navigational hazards, structures such as harbors, buildings, and bridges, and information on tides, currents, and Earth’s magnetic field. Nautical charts produced by NOAA are available in print or electronically.
Note: Not all charts available are fit for navigation. Charts may be used for planning voyages, analysis, or research purposes, such as studying a changing coastline.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) publishes aeronautical charts. Aeronautical charts produced by the FAA are available in print or electronically.
Aeronautical charts are maps used for flight navigation. Charts of different scales depict different information.