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Digimap is an online service run by EDINA offering to subscribing organisations within UK Tertiary Education, free access to maps and geospatial data from a number of national data providers, including Ordnance Survey and the British Geological Survey.  The data is available either for download to use with appropriate application software, or as maps generated by Digimap online.

A wide range of data is available for England, Wales and Scotland with a smaller range available for the Isle of Man. Geological data is also available for Northern Ireland.

A general description of the service can be found at

The Digimap collections available to Cambridge University students and academics are:

  • Lidar Lidar data maps the earth’s surface and is captured by firing rapid laser pulses (thousands of times per second) at the ground surface. By examining the laser energy reflected back from the ground the surface is captured as a dense cloud of 3D points. These points are then converted in to highly detailed terrain models of the surface of the earth and by examining the reflections from both the ground surface and the vegetation canopy it is possible to derive both Digital Terrain Models of the bare earth surface (DTM) and also Digital Surface Models (DSM) that show the vegetation canopy. For 'How to get started' information see
  • Marine Includes the raster nautical charts derived from the UK Hydrographic Office paper charts and chart panels, and Marine Themes vector data covering all UK waters which can be loaded into Geographic Information Systems.  Marine data is extensively used in offshore engineering projects, management of marine and coastal environments, marine ecology studies, environmental impact assessments and tourism. For further information see​

In order to access Digimap you must be a fully registered student or member of staff at the University of CambridgeThe data is available for Teaching, Educational Research, Academic Research or Limited Internal Business Use only. See below for more information on copyright and terms of use.



You need a Raven account and password. Raven passwords are available only to current staff and students of the University. All new undergraduate and postgraduate students should be given an account when they first register.

1. Logging in:
From either use the Login Button in the top right-hand corner or select the required collection. When asked to 'Sign In' type 'Cambridge' in the box, select 'University of Cambridge' and enter your Raven user-id and password when requested. Further information can be found at

2. Registration:
Before you can use Digimap services you will need to register your details with Digimap and accept the licence agreements associated with each Collection. This is an automated two-step process which is described at

​​3. Class Use: Each member of a class must register for Digimap individually.



Remember that the data is available for Teaching, Educational Research, Academic Research or Limited Internal Business Use only. 

The Licence Agreements for all of the Collections can be found at

The Frequently Asked Questions at help to clarify the uses to which the current data can be put.


The main Help pages can be found via the Digimap Resource centre at 

See also the Quick Reference Guides at


Data Converter/Translators Reference Table

InterpOSe for Digimap

Digital mapping data translator for GIS and other mapping utilities


OS revision policy ; or look at the Ordnance Survey website at

MasterMap Guidance Notes

Mastermap FAQs



If you require further information, please contact the Cambridge University Digimap Site Representatives: 

Anne Taylor Map Department, Cambridge University Library, West Road. 01223 333041 
Philip Stickler 
Department of Geography, Downing Site. 01223 339807



If your Department does not have large format printing facilities the following may be able to help:

UIS Printroom, University of Cambridge Information Services, Roger Needham Building, 7 J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0RB (West Cambridge site) 01223 (7)62999

Anatomy Visual Media Group (AVMG), Department of PDN, Anatomy Building, University of Cambridge, Downing Site, CB2 3DY

Engineering Department Print Room, 1st floor of the Baker Building, Department of Engineering, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ​ 01223 332710



OS OpenData provides free access to a selection of OS mapping datasets for Great Britain

Digimap OpenStream A web service delivering OS OpenData to the UK academic sector using open standard WMS technology. For Terms of use see

Cambridge University Library Map Resources If Digimap does not provide the maps you want remember that the Map Department of Cambridge University Library has thousands of printed maps of Great Britain – including those published by Ordnance Survey and British geological Survey – and other parts of the World.

OS mapping from 1998 onwards The most recent detailed scales of OS mapping are not available on Digimap but can be viewed and printed from a dedicated PC in the Map Room of Cambridge University Library. Also available for viewing is large scale data of Northern Ireland from 2004 onwards.  Unfortunately none of this modern data is available to download.

The University has a Subscription to agcensus - another EDINA product - which provides grid square agricultural census data for England, Scotland and Wales. Map and download data is derived from Agricultural and Horticultural Censuses of Great Britain. Provides realistic estimates of what is produced, how much is produced and where it was produced.


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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