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Cambridge University Library

University of Cambridge

Circa 1,100,000 maps, 26,550 atlases and 210,500 microfilm aperture cards. World-wide coverage, general and thematic, from 1550 to the present day. Current OS and other British map series up to scale 1:1,250. Rest of the world at scales up to 1:25,000 if possible.

Special collections:

Library of the Cruising Association (includes general and maritime antiquarian atlases).
Topographic postcards.
Particulars of the sale of property.
About 1,100 manuscript maps, mainly of Cambridgeshire lands.
Books on cartography, especially the history of cartography.
The Charles Close Society archive of Ordnance Survey material.

The Map Library is a department within the main University Library, which has large collections of books on related subjects.

Note: Air photographs are kept in the University's Geography Department where they form the Cambridge University Collection of Aerial Photography (CUCAP)

CUCAP Library, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN,  Tel: 01223 333 387


Map Department, West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DR

Main contact

Telephone number

01223 333041 (direct)

E-mail address
Opening hours

Mon-Fri 0900-1710 (Fri. 1650). Closed at Easter, on August Bank Holiday Monday and from 24 December to 1 January.


Access to members of the University of Cambridge.
Others must apply for an admission ticket (01223 333030 ; ;
No admission to those under the age of 18.
Prior appointment is desirable.


Photocopying services are available and it is also possible to use your own camera to take photographs of collection items (subject to certain restrictions, see )


Only a small proportion of the Map Department collection is catalogued online so you need to check Newton or iDiscover (the Library’s old and new online catalogues), Janus (the University’s archive catalogue) and the Map Department’s card catalogue to find out what we have. For more information on our catalogues see

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