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In 2007/2008 the Map Room was refurbished following a successful application to the Wolfson CURL Library Programme for funding. Background information can be found in the following articles:

Readers' Newsletter January 2007

Readers' Newsletter April 2008

The refurbished room reopened to readers on 31 March 2008.

All of these pictures below were taken before the books, PCs etc were moved in.

Map Room 1 - Computer table, map trays and work benches. All of the high work benches have map trays underneath and overhanging tops so that it is possible to sit comfortably at them on stools. Leaflet holders can be seen on the outside wall to the left

Map Room 2 - Enquiry Desk and Entrance Barrier. The Entrance Barrier is controlled by a member of staff on entry and exit

Map Room 3 - View from the Enquiry Desk towards the light table, computer table and catalogue and index drawers. The latter are part of the original 1930's furnishings but have been electrostatically spayed white

Map Room 4 - Work benches and map trays. Apart from a few reference books the collection is closed access and all of the map trays have locks

Map Room 5 - Looking towards the mobile map tray units

Map Room 6 - Staff Office. The white metal pillars help support the building so could not be moved!

All photographs were taken by Richard Hardy, Cambridge University Library's Buildings Officer in 2008


For more information contact:

Anne Taylor

Head of Map Department, Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

Tel: 01223-333041.     email:


The Map Room in the newly opened Cambridge University Library, 1934


The Map Room - the Map Department's Reading Room - before the Refurbishment in 2007/08. The furniture is the same as in the 1934 picture above!


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. 

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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