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 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


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 2014-15 Oxford Seminars in Cartography 

22nd 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 27 November
The Cornaro atlas in its Venetian context
Erin Maglaque (Oriel College, Oxford)


Thursday 29 January
Retracing the lines between mapping and geopolitics in Andean Latin America
Joe Gerlach (Jesus College, Oxford)

Trinity Term seminar to be confirmed

TOSCA Field Trip – Tour of the Weston Library – date to be confirmed

All seminars run from 5pm 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.


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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