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This page includes links most frequently used in the Map Room of Cambridge University Library. Many more links can be found by using the index on the left

iDiscover The Library's NEW ONLINE CATALOGUE. For a quick way to limit your search to University Library holdings, use the box below and click on the UL button. To get the best, most accurate results, once in iDiscover, go to Advanced Search and do a Subject search for the place of which a map is required, followed by the word 'maps'. For more detail on this follow the instructions for searching our old online catalogue (Newton) for maps and atlases that can be found here. See also general tips on using iDiscover

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NEWTON: CUL's online catalogue Remember to also look in the Map Department's card catalogue. How to search for maps. [When Newton is unavailable use COPAC where you can limit your search to Cambridge University Library].

Janus The University's archive catalogue on which some of the Map Department collections are catalogued.

COPAC Union catalogue for about 90 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist libraries.

Digital Content Unit : Order or License images of material in CUL's collections. See also here

Cambridge Digital Library (CUDL) Maps Collection Including John Speed maps of the counties of Great Britain and maps of Cambridge.

NLS Ordnance Survey Maps : The National Library of Scotland has digitised a large amount of its OS map collection. Use the zoomable graphic index to find your area of interest and view the available editions.

Cambridge Libraries Introduction to and tips on using libraries in Cambridge.

CUL's Home Page

Special Collections blog

Chinese language maps and atlases in the University Library These maps are housed in the Chinese Department, are mostly in Chinese characters and are generally not catalogued on Newton or in the Map Department's card catalogue.

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

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