Maps and Music


The Bodleian Library's Map Department has an extensive range of books on cartography and GIS. A large selection of atlases are available, together with journals, gazetteers and other reference works. Digital mapping and GIS facilities are available and a range of digital datasets are available.

It is one of the ten largest collections of maps in the world, with in excess of 1.5 million sheets and 20,000 atlases.


The Bodleian has one of the largest music collections in the country and is one of the most important research libraries for music in the world. As a Legal Deposit library, British publications naturally form the core of its collections, but these have been greatly expanded by foreign material, both purchased and donated, antiquarian and modern, manuscripts and archives, so that the collection as a whole constitutes a rich general resource as well as having certain outstanding specialist areas.

Music manuscripts dating from the 11th to the 21st centuries are supplemented by composer archives and collections of concert programmes, although commercial sound recordings are not actively collected. For more information about history and scope of the music collections, see the music subject guide.

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