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Map Department Information Sheets:
Printed copies of all of the Map Department Information Sheets are available in the Map Department. They are also available via this web page as MS Word documents (click on the links below):

Buying Maps:
1A - Where to buy current maps and globes in Great Britain (Updated 10/6/2019) 
1B - Where to buy current maps outside of Britain (Updated 10/6/2019) 
1C - Where to purchase (or View) Soviet military mapping (Updated 10/6/2019) 
1D - Where to buy Ordnance Survey maps (Updated 16/11/2019) 
1G - Dealers in old maps and atlases (Updated 24/5/2019)

Digital Maps:
1F - Digimap (Updated 25/6/2020). An extended version is also available in html format]

Map Libraries:
2A - Map collections in Cambridge (Updated 28/2/2020) 
2B - Map collections outside Cambridge (Updated 15/5/2019)

General Printed and On-Line Resources:
3 - Cartographic resources (Updated 24/9/2019) 
3b - Map Department - General Introduction (Updated 23/10/2018). Provides an overview of the Map Department collections and services and summarises much of the information on the Map Department web pages. 
3c - Quick guide to the Map Room and its Collections. (Updated 4/10/2019)

Exhibition Guide:
4 - Unfolding Landscapes: Maps of Cambridgeshire from Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II. Finding out more [2003]

Cambridge University Library Map Catalogues:
5A - The Card Catalogue (Updated 11/11/2014) [For the information in html format click here]
5B - Uncatalogued Collections (Updated 28/9/2016) [For the information in html format click here]
5C - Searching iDiscover for maps and atlases (Updated 14/2/2018) [Or see iDiscover Quick Guidessearching for maps and atlases and/or searching for books on cartography and gazetteers]

Picture caption : Extract from 1:10,000 Soviet Military map of Cambridge, published in 1989, showing Cambridge University Library. Atlas.0.019.21(1).

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