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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 (and, from January 2018, only) ONLINE CATALOGUE. For a quick way to limit your search to University Library holdings use the boxes below which have been pre-set to search 'Cambridge Libraries Collections', i.e. our physical collections plus e-books and Apollo (but remember also to search the Map Department's card catalogue and Janus).  However, iDiscover includes many links to images of maps hosted by other organisations and to find these you should search ‘Articles and Online Resources’ or 'Search Everything'.  For tips on using iDiscover, and specifically on finding maps and atlases (we suggest using Advanced Search) see the iDiscover Quick Guides  and/or our web pages on Finding Maps.

Click the following image to use iDiscover (pre-set to search CUL physical collections only, plus e-books and Apollo):

Or use the following links to perform Classmark or Subject searches (both are pre-set to search CUL physical collections only, plus e-books and Apollo):

You may also use our list of useful subject terms when searching for maps and atlases or books on cartography and gazetteers.

Use this link to start an iDiscover subject search for our collection of Sales Particulars - just add a place name in the 'Any field' line or, if this retrieves too many non-relevant results (e.g. for larger places such as Cambridge), change the 'Any field' option to 'Subject'. (See also this blog post ; and also search the collection of sales particuars that is only listed on Janus

NOTE: Differently constructed searches are likely to produce subtly different results so do try seraching in different ways. If your search fails to yield a desired result consider using this link to the main iDiscover page (Simple Search).

If iDiscover is unavailable use COPAC and 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 (DCU)  : Order or License images of material in CUL's collections. See also here

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

National Library of Scotland Map Library (NLS) has digitised a substantial number of maps, including many Ordnance Survey maps. The easiest way to find them is via the Marker Pin facility (grab and move the pin to your area of interest ; maps that cover this area will appear on the right hand side ; the more you zoom in the more detailed these maps will become). Other ways to access the maps are via the Map Images page or see, for example, 1:2,500 County Series maps of England and Wales and 1:10,560 County Series maps of England and Wales. If you use the Georeferenced Maps option you can search for names on Ordnance Survey six-inch maps from around 1900, just use the 'Search OS six-inch 1888-1913 names' search box on the left hand side (it is in a slighter darker purple/grey box).

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.

David Rumsey Map Collection. Excellent collection of online map images.

Cambridge Libraries Introduction to and tips on using libraries in Cambridge including the Libraries Directory. Also, guide to searching for eResources and links to LibGuides.

Cambridge Libraries Directory

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 iDiscover 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
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