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NEW: Cartographic Resources LibGuide

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 20/10/2021) [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 11/10/2021) [pdf]

1D - Where to buy Ordnance Survey maps (Updated 20/10/2021) [pdf]

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

Digital Maps:

1F - Digimap (Updated 4/3/2022). [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 20/10/2021). 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 25/2/2022) [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 19/2/2021) [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).

Current Services

We apologise that the Map Room is not currently open. 

If you know what you want to look at and have a classmark use the Book to consult Special Collections service

If you need to discuss your research with Map Department staff or need to look at our card catalogue or at Ordnance Survey data email us at and we can discuss the best way to proceed.

Note that there are very reduced catering facilities in the Library.

Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


+44 (0) 1223 333041
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