CGS produces many types of products for use by the public as well as scientists. Geologic maps, reports, seismic data, and more are available for download and purchase.
There are several ways to order publications from CGS. Before placing an order, please be certain that the publication(s) you are ordering will suit your needs. If you are uncertain about the content of a particular publication, please call (916) 322-4207 or email CGS at firstname.lastname@example.org. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
How to Order CGS Publications
You can order CGS Publications through one of the options below:
Call in your order using your credit card, to (916) 322-4207. We accept MasterCard, Visa & American Express.
For International orders:
All non-U.S. orders must be paid with a credit card or an international money order or draft payable on/against a United States bank. Rolled GDM Series maps cannot be mailed to foreign destinations due to U.S. Postal restrictions on tube length. All prices include sales tax, but not shipping and handling, and are subject to change without notice. Allow 3 weeks for delivery.
Walk-in sales are available only at our Sacramento office; our Bay Area office walk-in sales were discontinued in 2016.
California Geological Survey Library and Publications
801 K Street, 14th floor, Suite 34
NOTE: We cannot accept cash as payment. We only accept major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa & American Express), checks, and money orders.
Hours and Days
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday, except state holidays
We recommend you call us in advance to determine if we will be open when you plan to visit: (916) 322-4207
3. Mail, Fax or eMail:
Download the CGS Publications Order Form, fill it out electronically or manually, and then mail or email it to us. (Note: The form is a PDF file which requires Acrobat Reader to view/print. Get Acrobat Reader here.)
Upon request CGS will print maps and reports unavailable in printed form. This includes “out of print” or “unpublished” publications, as well as items currently only available digitally (e.g., Landslide Inventory Maps, Seismic Hazard Maps). The cost of reprinting a publication is dependent upon the size, color and type of publication being requested (outlined below). CGS will not scan or print maps or other items brought from outside of CGS, nor maps published by another institution that are currently available for purchase elsewhere. Processing time may vary and is dependent upon the availability of equipment and personnel. Shipping costs will apply.
Print Cost: Reports ($0.25 Per Page), Maps Color ($5.00 per Sq. Ft.), Maps B&W ($3.00 per Sq. Ft.)
To request our Print-On-Demand service please contact our Sacramento (916) 322-4207 Publications sales desk.
Replacement of Damaged or Defective Publications
If any of the publications you receive are defective in manufacture or are damaged in shipment, CGS will replace them at no charge if you return the defective/damaged items within 14 days of receipt. You must include the original sales receipt or a photocopy that was enclosed with the shipment; CGS cannot process your replacement request without an original receipt or photocopy. Please be sure to include your name, address, and a telephone number or e-mail address, so that CGS may contact you if questions arise. CGS will process your request and ship replacement copies within 14 days of receiving your items.
Please ship your damaged/defective items to:
California Geological Survey Library
CGS Publications Sales
801 K Street, MS14-34
Sacramento, CA 95814-3532
Shipping and Handling costs:
Shipping and Handling|
|$0.00 - $20.00||$5.00|
|$20.01 - $80.00||$8.00|
|$80.01 - $150.00||$10.00|
Related: Strong Motion Instrumentation and Seismic Hazard Mapping Forms