Map collection

The University of Manchester Library's Map Collection is the largest in the north of England.

It offers an extensive range of topographic and thematic mapping for the UK, as well as wide-ranging coverage for the rest of the World. 

The collection has particular strengths in the following areas:

  • Historical and modern maps of Northern England and Greater Manchester
  • Official Government mapping
  • Topographic and geological mapping of the UK
  • 18th and 19th century antiquarian mapping
  • Ephemera (including supplements to magazines, posters and advertisements from the 19th to the 21st century)
  • Cartographic artworks

Items from the Library's Map Collection, together with related reports and atlases can be consulted in the Map Room, located in the Purple Ground area of the Main Library.

Electronic resources include DIGIMAP, which delivers downloadable Ordnance Survey maps and map data online. This service is only available to current students and staff of The University of Manchester.

An online map collection is also available. This mostly comprises historical maps of Manchester.

Finding and consulting maps

You can discover many of our printed map holdings by using Library Search however, not all our maps are catalogued, so please feel free to ask.

All the items in the Map Collection are for reference use only. Atlases and some reference maps are available to browse in the Map Room however, most maps must be retrieved by map specialist staff by prior appointment.

To make an appointment to view maps and for any map related enquiries, please use the contact details below.


Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3764