The Geologic Records Center is currently closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please call or e-mail to obtain publications.
With more than 180 years’ worth of research and data at its disposal, the ODNR Division of Geological Survey is an excellent source for information on Ohio geology. The Geologic Records Center (GRC) is the gateway to the Geological Survey’s library and archives, which are open to the public and hold hard-to-find historical documents, theses and dissertations, journals, field trip guides and more.
The GRC assists industry representatives, scientists, policymakers, educators, students and citizens-at-large in their efforts to access the Geological Survey’s extensive archive. Located at the ODNR main campus in Columbus, the GRC houses and distributes thousands of documents, including:
- Technical reports and publications.
- Popular publications and educational materials.
- Geologic and topographic maps.
- Natural resources maps (e.g., coal, industrial minerals, oil, gas).
- Various records and data about specific sites throughout Ohio.
The GRC staff also fields questions from the public about Ohio geology. Visitors can access a suite of interactive mapping services.
How to Obtain Publications
Search our Publications Catalog
Many of our maps and publications are available free as downloads. Use our publications catalog to search for your map or document of interest. Then contact the GRC to place an order.
Click here to search the catalog.
Contact the Geologic Records Center
Orders can be charged to VISA or MasterCard. Tax and shipping will be added to all purchases.
Out-of-print publications are no longer available for purchase, but they may be consulted in the offices of the Geological Survey and in many public and technical libraries (see below).
Newly released reports and maps are announced in several ways, including ODNR press releases, social media and the Division News section of our website.
As a benefit to educational institutions, clubs, bookstores and other organizations, the GRC offers a discount on bulk purchases of maps and publications. Tax and shipping will be added to all bulk orders.
Free publications, such as educational leaflets and GeoFacts, also are available in bulk quantities. Shipping will be added to all bulk orders.
Contact the GRC for more information about bulk orders and discounts.
Partners & Online Sources
Several organizations have partnered with the GRC to make numerous maps and publications available for free as downloads. Explore the links below for access to these publications. If you are unable to locate your document of interest, contact the GRC for assistance. Geological Survey publications also are available at local libraries throughout Ohio.