The Map Room has temporarily re-located to Duke Humfrey’s Library, above the Divinity School in the Old Bodleian Building. It was previously located in the New Bodleian Building, which is currently undergoing a major restoration and renovation, and is due to re-open as the Weston Library in 2014. This work is part of a wider series of major projects to improve the Bodleian’s facilities.

The Map Enquiries Desk is located in Selden End of Duke Humrey’s Library. This is at the far end of the library from the porter's desk.


Any Bodleian reader may access the Map Room and request map material. On entering Duke Humfrey’s Library, readers must sign in at the porter’s desk. Please note that neither bags nor food / drink of any kind are allowed inside. Pens must not be used in Duke Humfrey’s, but pencils and laptops are allowed. A bag storage area is located at the bottom of the North stairs. Clear plastic bags are available to borrow from the locker area on the ground floor.

Our opening hours are the same as those of Duke Humfrey’s Library. Please note, however, that Map Room staff are not present on weekends. Although the Bodleian tour does go through the Arts End of Duke Humfrey’s, the Map Room itself is located in the Selden End, which is not open to the general public. Plans for the Weston Library, however, 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
Bodleian Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1865 287300


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