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Maps: Home

A guide to finding and using printed and digital maps.

Welcome to the Maps guide.  Use the tabs above to explore our resources.

The University Library has a collection of about 70,000 maps and atlases.  The majority of maps are reference only, but there is a Field collection on the 2nd Floor which can be borrowed with your Campus/Library card.  Atlases are mostly on the 4th Floor and can also be borrowed. 

If you need to consult maps please contact Judith Fox, the Map Librarian. She can advise on the types of maps available and guide you to the ones most suited to your needs.

The Map Librarian

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Judith Fox
I am usually at the 2nd Floor Information Desk Tuesday 13:00-14:00; Wednesday 15:00-16:00; and Friday 16:00-17:00.
0118 378 6578
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Ordnance Survey blog

The OS blog is on a range of geography related topics - use the categories menu to choose a topic e.g. cartography


Western United States, 1844

This extract of what was to become the western part of the United States is from The national atlas of historical, commercial, and political geography, published by J. Johnstone and W. & A.K. Johnston in 1844.  It captures the expansion of the U.S. at a moment when Texas had declared it’s independence from Mexico, but just before it’s annexation by the U.S. in 1845. The area labelled Upper or New California is controlled by Mexico at this date, being ceded to the U.S. in February 1848 as a result of the Mexican War. Gold was discovered there in January 1848.