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E-mail discussion lists

A useful summary of email discussion lists concerning the History of Cartography can be found on The Map History/History of Cartography site

Carta-l. Discussion forum for Canadian Map, Geographic Information Systems, and Geomatics librarians and archivists, and anyone interested in Canadian cartography, geospatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) issues as they pertain to libraries and archives.

Carto-SoC. A listserv created by the Society of Cartographers mainly for the discussion of practical cartography. The Society of Cartographers was dissolved in 2019 and the listserv was replaced in 2020 by BCS-Forum.

H-Maps. Started late 2019. "An international digital forum in the historical study of the making, circulation, use and preservation of maps from the ancient to the contemporary period". "Collaboration between the International Society for the History of the Map (ISHMap, Twitter @ishmap1) and H-Net to further substantive inquiry among a growing number of global scholars with an interest in the history of maps and mapping".

lis-maps. A UK-based forum for issues related to maps & spatial data librarianship.

MAPS-L. "An international discussion forum for Map Librarians, other librarians dealing with (or interested in) cartographic information, anyone dealing with cartographic information, cartographers, remote sensors, geographers, and cartomaniacs of all types". Archive (account password required). For anyone with an interest in Ordnance Survey Maps to ask questions, assist in research, and pass on information on any aspect of Ordnance Survey maps. (In May 2019 this replaced the Yahoo Ordnancemaps discussion group). Both are independent of the Charles Close Society.

Roadmaps-L. "Designed to give road map collectors a forum in which they may discuss their hobby".

SEE ALSO: the Discussion List page on the Map History / History of Cartography web page.

Facebook Groups

Ordnance Survey and Maps. Independent of the Charles Close Society and the group

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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!

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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.

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Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
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