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 eastern side, opposite Wadham College. The public spaces on the Ground Floor will open in March, 2015.



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. Plans for the library include a large public exhibition space, where several of the most significant items in the Bodleian’s collection will be placed on long-term public display.

News and events

The 2013-14 Oxford Seminars in Cartography 

21st 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 21 November 2013
Medieval English mappaemundi: Victorine model and idiosyncratic copies
Dan Terkla (Illinois Wesleyan University)

Thursday 6 March 2014
Soviet Intelligence Plans for the British Isles
John Davies (Editor of Sheetlines, journal of the Charles Close Society)

Thursday 8 May 2014
‘Strangers on their own land’ : ideology, policy, and rational landscapes in the United States, 1825-1934 [Title to be confirmed]
Heather Winlow (Bath Spa University)

All seminars run from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at the University of Oxford Centre for the Environment, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

Taught sessions on mapmaking using ArcGIS

In partnership with the IT Learning Programme, the Map Room offers taught courses in ESRI ArcGIS. This programme is repeated every term, and can be booked online through ITLP. Any current member of the university is eligible to attend. A nominal course fee applies. No previous experience of ArcGIS is required.

Radcliffe Science Library (RSL) Hive

A new suite of consultation spaces has opened in the Radcliffe Science Library (RSL), where readers can meet with subject librarians by appointment. The Hive's facilities include a four-seat GIS space with large-screen display, suitable for training sessions, lectures and demonstrations. Contact Michael Athanson to arrange a GIS session.

Contact details

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

+44 (0)1865 287300


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