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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 and [pdf] documents (click on the links below):

Buying Maps:

1A - Where to buy current maps and globes in Great Britain (Updated 22/11/2023) [pdf]

1B - Where to buy current maps outside of Britain (Updated 6/10/2021) [pdf]

1C - Where to purchase (or View) Soviet military mapping (Updated 27/9/2023) [pdf]

1D - Where to buy Ordnance Survey maps (Updated 27/5/2022) [pdf]

1G - Dealers in old maps and atlases (Updated 8/10/2021) [pdf]

Digital Maps:

1F - Digimap (Updated 11/12/2023) [pdf] An extended version is also available in html format

Map Libraries:

2A - Map collections in Cambridge (Updated 6/10/2021) [pdf]

2B - Map collections outside Cambridge (Updated 20/10/2021) [pdf]

General Printed and On-Line Resources:

3 - Cartographic resources (Updated 24/8/2021) [pdf]

3b - Map Department - General Introduction (Updated 7/9/2022) Provides an overview of the Map Department collections and services and summarises much of the information on the Map Department web pages. [pdf]

3c - Quick guide to the Map Room and its Collections (Updated 29/8/2023) [pdf]

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 6/10/2021) [For the information in html format] [pdf]

5B - Uncatalogued Collections (Updated 26/9/2023) [For the information in html format] [pdf]

5C - Searching iDiscover for maps and atlases (Updated 6/10/2021) [Or see iDiscover Quick Guidessearching for maps and atlases and/or searching for books on cartography and gazetteers[pdf]


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 Times

Map Room Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 9am to 12:45pm and 2pm to 5:10pm
Friday 9am to 12:45pm and 2pm to 4:50pm 

i.e., we are closed lunch time, in the evenings and on Saturdays. However, given sufficient notice, we may be able to transfer Map Department items to the Rare Books Reading Room for consultation during these closed periods. 

Remember: Pencils only in the Map Room and No food or drink!

Where to Find Us

Library Floorplan

The Map Room - the Map Department's Reading Room - is on the first floor of the Library at the far end of the North Gallery. At the top of the stairs from the Library's Entrance Hall, turn right and the Map Room is at the end of the corridor. 

We are very close to the Tea Room.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


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