The Map Room has recently re-located to the First Floor of the new Weston Library, formerly the New Bodleian Library, on Broad Street. Readers can access the building through the entrance on the east side, opposite Wadham College. The entrance to the public spaces on the ground floor is on the south side of the building, facing Broad Street.


Any Bodleian reader may access the Weston Library and request map material. Maps are fetched by request from remote storage and may be consulted in the Map Room. 

Our opening hours are the same as those of The Weston Library. Please note, however, that Map Room staff are not present on weekends. The Weston houses a large public exhibition space, where several of the most significant items in the Bodleian’s collection will be placed on long-term display.

News and events


Sheldon tapestry map on public display

Following an extensive conservation project, the 16th century Sheldon Tapestry Map of Worcestershire has recently gone on public display in Blackwell Hall of the Weston Library.

The 2016-17 Oxford Seminars in Cartography 

24th Annual Series

The Oxford Seminars in Cartography are supported by the Friends of TOSCA, ESRI (UK) Ltd, Oxford Cartographers, the British Cartographic Society, the Charles Close Society, and the School of Geography and the Environment.


Thursday 3 November
Mapping and the Falklands Conflict, 1982:
how mapping helped British Forces retake the Islands against the odds
John Peaty (Defence Geographic Centre Joint Forces Intelligence Group)


Thursday 1 December
TOSCA Field Trip – Treasures from the Map Room:
a journey through the Bodleian collections
Debbie Hall(Bodleian Map Room)

(For further details, please contact: Nick Millea or 01865 287119)


Thursday 9 March
Exploring colonial administrative maps, their use and their disuse:
“He asks for impossibilities… because his previous work has been in civilised neighbourhoods”
Elizabeth Haines(Science Museum)

Thursday 25 May
The Geological Section, Inter-Service Topographical Department:
contributions by Oxford geologists, the Bodleian Library and thematic mapping to Allied military intelligence during the Second World War
Edward P F Rose(Royal Holloway, University of London)

Seminars run from 4.30pm to 6.00pm at the Weston Library Lecture Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG; Join us for refreshments in the Weston Café from 3.45pm


Guidance on digital mapmaking using geographic information systems (GIS)


The Map Room is happy to provide advice to readers on making maps. Contact Michael Athanson to arrange a consultation.


The Bodleian now has a blog showcasing items of interest from its collection.

Contact details

Map Room
Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1865 287300


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