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 Bodleianís 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 2018-19 Oxford Seminars in Cartography 

26th 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.


Wednesday 28 November
Large-scale urban maps before 1844 and the curious career of Michael Alexander Gage
Paul Laxton (Independent scholar, formerly University of Liverpool)


Thursday 24 January
Rivers and ice: Early modern maps of the far North
Charlotte Forss (Bodleian Libraries and Stockholms Universitet)

Thursday 23 May
Before the portolan charts: lost maps of the sea in the Fatimid Book of Curiosities
Rossi Rapaport (Queen Mary, 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

Thursday 31 January
TOSCA Field Trip -- Old maps of Oxford: some myths and misconceptions
John Hawkins (St Edmund Hall, Oxford and Dundee University)

(Booking essential - for further details, please contact: Nick Millea or 01865 287119)


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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