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Department of Geography


Geography Map Library

Map of Cambridge

Map of Cambridge

The Map Library is a reference collection of world mapping, atlases, tide tables, gazetteers and cartographic texts for teaching and academic research.

About the collection

Map library

The Map Library includes a wide range of UK topographic cartography, from the Ordnance Survey First Edition quarter sheets of the 1830s to the latest open access Explorer 1:25,000 series, together with UK thematic maps at various scales. A range of commercial UK street plans, administrative maps, and European medium scale topographic maps are also stocked. There is a comprehensive coverage of Cambridge and East Anglia.

The atlas collection includes national and thematic atlases, with themes such as transportation, demography, economics, climatology, history, archaeology and war.


The Geography Map Library is open to visitors by prior appointment only. To arrange a date/time to visit, please contact the Geography Library.

Access is only permissible during the main Geography Library’s opening hours. Please note that the Map Library closes 30 minutes before the main Library does, so bear this in mind before making arrangements to visit.


The Geography Map Library is located on the ground floor of the Sir William Hardy Building, Downing Site, Cambridge.

For access, please visit the main Geography Library (in the Department of Geography building, next door) so that a member of staff can accompany you to unlock the door to the Map Library.

Once you are finished, either use the phone in the map library (call extension 333391) or return to the main Library to let staff know.

Downing Site map
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