Map holdings

The collection is wide-ranging in scope, totaling approximately 67,000 sheets. It includes various Ordnance Survey series, most notably 1:10,000 maps covering all of Great Britain , 1:2,500 maps for Greater London and 1:1,250 maps for Central London . It also features early maps and facsimiles, town plans and thematic maps for Great Britain and foreign countries.

The Map Collection is in closed access and available through prior appointment only.

We advise you to contact us before your visit to ensure that maps you require are available and can be ready for you when you arrive. If you require information or want to request items from the collection please contact the Information Desk, Main Circulation Hall 4th Floor, South Block or email

The maps, with the exception of wall maps, are for reference only. A photocopying service is available. Photocopying legislation must be observed at all times. Maps may not be photocopied on the self-service machines. Please ask a staff member to arrange for copying on your behalf.

Note on the catalogues

The majority of the post-1850 maps (British and foreign) can be searched on the main catalogue. See the Guide to searching for maps in the library’s main catalogue.

Other maps can be located using the card catalogue in the Map Collection.

Special Collections

Of relevance to the Map Collection there are a number of significant collections in the Senate House Library, including the Goldsmiths’ Library (early general and thematic maps of Britain and some overseas countries), the Bromhead Library (maps of London), Wyatt Bequest (a collection of early and modern maps of Buckinghamshire), E.G.R. Taylor Collection of Historic Printed Maps (mostly 18th and 19th century maps of European countries) and the Eliot-Phelips Collection (maps of Madrid and Spain).

Ordnance Survey series

Selection of Ordnance Survey series

Early maps of London

Selection of early maps of London

Contact details

David Clover, Head of Subject Librarians and Commonwealth Studies Librarian (020 7862 8840)

or visit the Information Desk (4th floor)  020 7862 8461 or 8462