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Copying of items held in the Map Department is permitted subject to the restrictions of copyright and limitations imposed by the age, fragility or size of the original. Staff are happy to advise on the options that are available for a specific item, please speak to us in the Map Room or contact us if you have any imaging enquiries.

Imaging and Licensing

The Library's Digital Content Unit can provide and license high-quality digital images of items in the map collections for use in research, teaching and publications. The method by which an image can be taken depends on the age, fragility and size of the original and as such the costs for this can vary. To obtain a quotation for images please fill out the order form which can be found here

The purchase of an image from the Library does not confer the right to reproduce it in publications, websites or broadcasts. To reproduce it you must fill in the separate online reproduction request form that can be found here.

For readers who have access to the Library it is possible for us to provide A4 or A3 sized paper extracts from some of our sheet maps as well as paper copies from books and atlases subject to the restrictions of copyright and limitations imposed by the age, fragility or size of the original. Paper copies must be ordered, collected and paid for within the Library. We regret that it is not possible to accept remote orders for paper copies.

Self-Service Photography 

Readers may use their own cameras to take still photographs of material in the Map Room. If you wish to take your own photographs you must first speak to staff on the desk and read the information sheets on self-service photography and copyright provided. Photographs may be taken for non-commercial research or private study only. General photography (e.g. of people, locations, reading rooms) is not permitted.

Cameras and camera phones must be hand-held, and must be capable of being set to 'silent'. SLRs, tripods, 'mini-pods', hand-held scanners and flash photography are not permitted.

Please note also that some collections are subject to restrictions and may not be photographed; staff will provide guidance on this.

Please see our full guidelines for further information.

Tracing 

Facilities, including a light table, are available for tracing sheet maps but permission must first be obtained from a member of staff. Readers should provide their own paper and pencils and must use the transparent sheets provided. 

Opening hours

Monday-Thursday

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

Friday

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

Saturday

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 
Cambridge 
CB3 9DR 

Email: maps@lib.cam.ac.uk

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