CGS Publications


The California Geological Survey has produced many types of publications since the latter half of the nineteenth century. Most of our publications are digitized and are available for download free of charge. Physical copies are available for purchase. You may also view physical copies freely at these libraries in California.

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Publication Catalogs

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How to Order CGS Publications

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 contact the Publications Sales Desk. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

You can order CGS Publications through one of the options below.

1. Mail or eMail

Download the CGS Publications Order Form, fill it out electronically or manually, and then mail or email it to us.

2. Telephone

Call in your order using your credit card, to (916) 327-1850. 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 4 weeks for delivery.

Shipping and Handling Costs

Merchandise Total Shipping and Handling
$0.00 - $20.00 $5.00
$20.01 - $80.00 $8.00
$80.01 - $150.00 $10.00
$150.01-$300.00 $12.00
over $300.00 $14.00

Print-On-Demand Services

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 This includes “out of print” or “unpublished” publications, as well as items currently only available digitally (e.g., Landslide Inventory Maps, Seismic Hazard Maps).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 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
715 P Street, MS 1902
Sacramento, CA 95814-3532

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