Many universities have marvellous map rooms and Cambridge University is amongst the best……
The Map Department contains some 1,100,000 maps, both British and foreign, several thousand atlases and other ancillary material. The average annual intake is about 30,000 items and over the years the accumulation of variant editions recording the changing landscape has become a particularly valuable feature of the collection. The Legal Deposit Libraries Act, which entitles the Library to claim a copy of every new British publication, applies to maps as well as to printed books.
The following classes are contained in the Map Department: Atlas; Maps; Views; MS Plans (for manuscript maps) and S696 (for gazetteers and books on cartography).
For more detailed information about the materials held in the Map Department see our Collections page.