skip to content

Cambridge University Library is now open for ‘zero contact’ services from Monday-Friday. Please read more about our phased reopening of the UL and Faculty and Departmental Libraries.

Cambridge University Library


Sellers of Antiquarian Maps

MapRecord Publications has a list of dealers in antiquarian maps on its website. Also look at London Map Fairs; Map Collecting and Marketplace sections of the Map History / History of Cartography site. Sellers who sell Ordnance Survey maps can be found on the Charles Close Society website.


Sellers and Producers of Current Maps


Eurogeographics. EuroGeographics is a not-for-profit organisation formed in 2001 as the membership association and representative body of the European national mapping, land registry and cadastral agencies. Includes details of the Agencies in each country with links to web sites, etc. 

National Mapping Agencies. This list is on the Charles Close Society website but is not restricted to British or Ordnance Survey related organisations. 

International Map Industry Association (IMIA). Lists map shops and dealers (worldwide) who are members of the association. Previoulsy known as International Map Trade Association, IMTA.

Individual Producers and Dealers: (See also Information Sheets 1A to 1D)

Alan Godfrey Maps. Publisher of facsimiles of old Ordnance Survey maps. Include local history notes.

British Geological Survey. Produces geological maps of Great Britain. See Make-a-Map for a very generalised view of the geology, etc. of Great Britain. More detailed maps(1:625,000 and 1:50,000 scales) can be found via the Geology of Britain Viewer. For geological map data go to DigMapGBBGS Maps Portal for old and new geological maps and sections (including Ireland). Or see the Interactive Geology Map of Anglesey.

Cassini Historical Maps. Digitally enhanced reproductions of old Ordnance Survey one-inch maps re-projected and enlarged to match the scale and coverage of the present-day Ordnance Survey Landranger® maps.

Digital Data Services (DDS). Paper maps and digital data - USGS plus international publishers and Soviet military maps. 

Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Collects and supplies hydrographic and geospatial data for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping. See Maritime Data Solutions for information on, for example, their standard, planning and sailing charts. A Chart Availability List can alo be downloaded. To buy charts find an Admiralty Chart Agent. Also see the UKHO Archive from which page a 'Collection Survey Document' can be downloaded. Decsription of item sinthe colelction can also be found in the National Archives Discovery catalogue.

Macaulay Institute. Publishers of soil, land use and land capability maps of Great Britain. For map sales click here "Sellers of wall maps of the world, continents, countries, USA, states and more".

MapStop. Online store but also has a shop in Brackley, Northamptonshire. Online map shop based in Melksham (Wiltshire). 

Maxi-Map. Produces floor maps of, for example, Great Britain, Wales, the World, for use by schools, etc.. 

Omni. Online catalogue of a company selling current maps of all parts of the world.

Opars BooksSupplier of maps, books, etc. on Iran. 

Ordnance Survey (OS): Resposible for the mapping of the whole of Great Britain, extensive web site. For enquiries either email or telephone the Helpline 03454 56 04 20. Via OS Maps Online (registration required) you can plan routes and get informaion on elevations along the route ; additional facilities, such as 1:25k and 1:50k scale maps, are available to subscribers only. OS OpenData provides access to a selection of the most detailed mapping datasets available for Great Britain. (Digimap OpenStream is a web service delivering OS OpenData to the UK academic sector using open standard WMS technology; access is not restricted to Digimap users, although a one-off online registration is required). The OS OpenSpace is no longer available to new users but if you’re looking for a web map for your website or mobile app, you can check out OS Open Zoomstack which makes OS open data more accessible, customisable and easier to use by providing a single, customisable map of Great Britain to be used at national and local levels. The OS website also provides information on, for example, the different scales of maps available, the National Gridcoordinate transformation tool, horizontal and vertical survey control and benchmark information and Mastermap data. The OS's Education Resources pages include guides to map reading and the National Grid plus downloadable outline maps. The OS site includes a very brief history of OS with more details provided in two books available online - A History of the Ordnance Survey edited by W. A. Seymour and Map-makers to Britain since 1791 by Tim Owen and Elaine Pilbeam. Also look at Electoral and Administrative Boundary Maps. The Resources for Retailers page provides access to catalogues including the Leisure Map Catalogue which is updated each month. Find your nearest Planning Application Map Supplier, some of which may also be able to supply historical mapping, or take a look at the list of OS PartnersGraphic index for Landranger and Explorer maps.

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi). Topographic mapping of the Republic of Ireland. Via the Historic Map Archive you can view 6" and 25" maps published 1837-1913, download this data or place an order for delivery by post, look at modern mapping and orthophotography. In addition, provides access to Lewis' Topographical Dictionary of Ireland published in 1837.

Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI). OSNI (part of Land & Property Services) is the agency responsible for mapping, land registration, valuation and rating in Northern Ireland. On their website view modern and historic maps and buy paper maps. At The Northern Ireland Place-Name Project - Placenames NI search for a place names and for modern and historic maps from the 1830s. This is an ongoing project. 

Soil Maps:

National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield. Soil maps, digital and paper, of England and Wales. Publications list online and see also SoilScapes Viewer, a free online interactive simplified soil map for England and Wales andLandIS, the 'Land Information System'

Macaulay Institute. Publishers of soil, land use and land capability maps, digital and paper, of Scotland. For map sales click here.

Stanfords. Large London map and travel book store, also with online shop. 

The Map Shop. The shop is in High Street, Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire but can also order online. 

US Geological Survey (USGS). USGS produces topographic maps of the USA. See The National Map for access to high-quality, geospatial data and information from the USGS as well as Federal, State, and local partners. Or the National Geological Map database to search for USGS geological maps and related data.

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