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hack Google Maps to find your library’s (or any location’s) latitude and longitude Thursday, 4 May 2006 5:11 pm

Posted by Dongmei in API, featured IT of the week, Web 2.0, What's new at Google?!.

While playing with Google Maps and trying to incorporate Gmaps on my web site (or my blog), but no success so far, however, learned a new trick to find out a location's geocoding (you do need to know the physical address), here's how:


  1. go to Google Local (Google Maps: http://maps.google.com)
  2. enter the address you want to search in the search box
  3. click and hold on the map and move it just slightly (a few pixels if you can manage it), then release
  4. click “Link to this page” in the upper right hand corner, look in the address bar (URL), you should see &ll=xx.xxxxxx, xx.xxxxxx
  5. everything that follows &ll= is your Lat & Long (Lat, then Long separated by a comma).

e.g. for Addlestone Library: 205 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29424

using the steps above, you'll find its

Lat (latitude) = 32.793408

Long (longitude) = -79.940386

Cool, huh?