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Map Library

The British Library

The map collection comprises over 4 million items, including atlases, maps, charts, globes and topographical views, in both manuscript and printed form. In particular, the collection covers British cartography past and present, including legal-deposit holdings of Ordnance Survey and maps of America; Renaissance cartography; and thematic maps. The Map Library also aims at comprehensive world coverage through current topographical map series, if available, at scales of 1:50,000 and smaller.

The special collections include KING GEORGE III's MARITIME and TOPOGRAPHICAL COLLECTIONS, the CRACE COLLECTION of maps and plans of London, and the BEUDEKER COLLECTION of Dutch maps and views (1600-1750).


96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB

Main contact

Telephone number

020 712 7700 / 7702

E-mail address
Opening hours

Mon 1000-1700, Tues-Sat 0930-1700


General access to those aged 18 and over with a British Library Reader's Pass, obtainable from Reader Admissions Office.
24 hour advance notice needed for India Survey maps.


Reprographic and photographic services are available.


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