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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

NEW !!! From Friday 1 September 2017 the Map Department will be CLOSED between 12.45 and 14.00. If you wish to continue working through the lunch period we can transfer items to the Rare Books Reading Room, though it will not be possible to fetch any additional items

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'. iDiscover includes many links to images of maps hosted by other organisations. To find these, search in the normal way but restrict your search to ‘Articles and Online Resources’. 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.

National Library of Scotland (NLS) Ordnance Survey (OS) Maps : The National Library of Scotland has digitised a substantial part of its OS map collection, plus many other maps, expecially of Scotland. See, for example, 1:2,500 County Series maps of England and Wales and 1:10,560 County Series maps of England and Wales.

Sheetfinder from the Charles Close Society (CCS) Search by British or Irish address, post code or place name to retrieve a list of Ordnance Survey One-Inch, 1:50,000 and six-inch County series map sheets on which a particular location appears. Direct links to images of some of these maps. Conventional map indexes can also be found on the CCS webpages..

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.

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