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Between 2000 and 2002 the Map Department was funded to convert some of the entries in its card catalogue to machine-readable form so that they could be searched via our online catalogue.

By necessity, the project was limited in scope. Work concentrated on converting records for maps (not atlases, views, books, maps in books) published after 1850 of areas outside of the British Isles. 

Maps of the following areas were converted: Spain; the individual countries of South and Central America; Australia; New Zealand; Oceania and the individual countries of Africa (with the exception of Sudan, Niger, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and the cards under the headings Malawi and Tanzania). In each case the cards under the name of the country as well as cards for parts of the country were converted. 

These on-line records can now be consulted via iDiscover, the Library's on-line catalogue. Tips on how to search iDiscover for maps can be found here and/or see the 'Finding Maps' links on the left hand side of this page.

Remember that to gain a complete picture of our holdings you will need to visit the Library to consult our card catalogue. Remember also that some items in the collection are not catalogued individually.

More information about the Mapping the World project can be found at:

Current Services

Note that the Map Room is still closed to in-person visits though pre-booked items can be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room 

Email us at for assistance and if you need to consult our card catalogue or look at Ordnance Survey data.

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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