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Birmingham Central Library (Archives and Heritage)

Birmingham City Council

Content – general map collection: c. 55,000 atlases and sheet maps (about half of which cover Birmingham and the West Midlands). Collection includes: extensive Ordnance Survey coverage of the British Isles (larger scales mainly for Birmingham/West Midlands area, but including non-current 1:10,000 or 1:10,560 National Grid sheets for whole of Great Britain). Recent 1:1,250/1:2,500 and 1:10,000 printouts for Birmingham only. 35 18th century atlases.

Skett collection of c.4,000 sheet maps (Ordnance Survey 1:10,560, 1:25,000 and 1:63,360 maps, and 18th and 19th century printed maps, mainly British).

Wide range of general maps, British and foreign; mainly non-current.

Content – archive collections: see


Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3HQ

Main contact

Telephone number

0121 303 4549


Opening hours

Wed. 10.00-20.00; Thu.-Fri. 10.00-18.00


Proof of identity required for some items, including Skett collection, archival maps and pre-1850 maps and atlases – CARN cards valid. Restricted opening hours for items requiring proof of identity (Wed - Fri 10.00-17.00, by appointment only)


Photocopying available, subject to copyright and size/physical condition of original maps


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