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The Map Department of Cambridge University Library is closed on Saturdays

You are, however, be able to consult most items ordered by 12.45 the previous day in the Munby Rare Books Reading Room, which is open from 9am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.

To order items please contact the Map Department by the means mentioned below, making it clear that you will be visiting on Saturday.

Contact Information for the Map Room:

  • email:
  • telephone: 01223 333041
  • address: Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR

Some things to note:

  • No fetching of Map Department items will be possible on Saturdays. Map Department classmarks begin with Atlas, Maps, S696, Views, Ms.Plans or Maps.Ms.Plans.
  • The staff on duty in the Rare Books Reading Room will probably not be Map Room staff and so will probably be unable to answer queries relating to maps.
  • You can use a camera to take images of items (subject to the restrictions) but the Rare Books staff will not be able to advise on obtaining copies from our Digital Content Unit.
  • Most of the map collection is only catalogued in our card catalogue, which is in the Map Room and which will therefore be unavailable on Saturdays. It is not possible to request access to it.
  • The Ordnance Survey digital data is only accessible on a dedicated PC in the Map Room and so will also be unavailable on Saturdays.


We remain fully open during the week and have over 1.1 million maps plus more than 43,000 atlases and books on cartography, some of which might be of interest to you!

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. 

Remember: Pencils only in the Map Room and No food or drink!

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.

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Contact us

Map Department 
Cambridge University Library 
West Road 
CB3 9DR 


+44 (0) 1223 333041
+44 (0) 1223 333042
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