Ordering maps

Accessing maps

Any member of the University or Bodleian Reader card holder may access the Weston Library and request map material. Find out how to apply for a Bodleian Reader card.  

Placing an order

Most the Bodleian Library’s collections – including its maps – are stored off-site in closed stacks. Items are retrieved by request.  

Most orders are available by the next day for consultation in the Weston Library. Requested maps may be retrieved from the reserve desk in the Mackerras Room on the first floor. Readers who are travelling in from outside of Oxford are kindly requested to contact us by telephone or email a few days in advance to arrange the retrieval of items from storage.

You can enquire about maps by email (maps@bodleian.ox.ac.uk), by telephone (01865 277013), or in person at any of the enquiry desks in the Weston Library.

Wherever possible, enquiries for maps should specify:

  • geographic area(s) of interest
  • date(s) of publication
  • the map's content (e.g. topography, geology, hydrography, transport)
  • publisher or creator