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Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 

01223 333041 / +44 1223 333041 or
01223 333042 / +44 1223 333042




All visitors to Cambridge University Library and the Map Department must first obtain a Library Readers' Card. All enquiries regarding admission should be directed to the Admissions Office: Email ; Tel.: +44 (0) 1223-333030.

Members of the Charles Close Society wishing to consult the Charles Close Society Archives will not be charged for a ticket on production of their current CCS membership card providing that they have first contacted Anne Taylor, Head of Cambridge University Library Map Department.



For those who are unable to visit the Library, the Map Department staff are happy to deal with enquiries by telephone, letter or email. We regret, however, that it is not possible to undertake extensive research on behalf of enquirers. Requests for reproductions must be received in writing. 

Tel: +44 (0) 1223-333041 
Fax: +44 (0) 1223-333160 (marked for the attention of the Map Department)



Unfortunately the Department is not able to provide valuations: for this you should contact an antiquarian bookseller or auction house. MapRecord Publications has a list of dealers in antiquarian maps on its website. Also look at London Map Fairs; The Marketplace and Map Collecting sections of the Map History / History of Cartography site. For a guide to prices the website is a useful place to look. See also Map Department Information Sheet 1G - Dealers in old maps and atlases (a MS Word document) or ask a member of Map Department staff for a copy. Or have a look at websites such as and Abebooks.


Conservation and Repair

The Library has a Conservation Department who may be able to advise on the repair and conservation of items (01223 747410). The Conservation Register is a service provided by the Institute of Conservation with register of accredited conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland, and guides on the conservation of various materials. Suppliers of conservation materials can be found listed on the Map Curators' Toolbox



  • Anne Taylor (Head of Map Department)
  • Vacancy (Map Collections Supervisor / Deputy Head of Map Department)
  • Karen Amies (part-time)
  • Miriam Leonard (part-time)
  • Michael Taylor
  • Ian Pittock
  • Anna Reynolds


Image credit: extract from Maps.Ms.Plans.1026

Opening hours


9:00-12:45 and 14:00-17:10 *


9:00-12:45 and 14:00-16:50 *


Closed **

* Monday to Friday 12:45-14:00: If you wish to continue working through the lunch period we can transfer items to the Munby Rare Books Reading Room.

** Items ordered before 12.45 on Friday can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. No fetching or transferring is possible on Saturdays. Please contact the Map Room to discuss your requirements.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


+44 (0) 1223 333041
+44 (0) 1223 333042