Map library resources

In line with the need to maintain social distancing and operate in a COVID-19 Secure fashion the map libary is temporarily closed. However, the map librarian David Sherren ( will be happy to answer any questions.

The Map Library provides a comprehensive collection of geographic information, including maps, atlases and electronic resources. The majority of the collection is reference only, although some maps, for example a complete set of folded OS Landranger and a growing number of OS Explorer maps and British Geological Survey maps, are available for loan. Most items in the collection are currently not listed on the library catalogue so, if you have any mapping requirements, just come along and ask the Map Library staff who will search the collection for you.


Nautical charts

Admiralty charts for the Solent and its approaches, Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester Harbours.

Significant coverage of the home waters around the British Isles at various scales.

Digital Maps

Map Library staff can provide advice about the use of the EDINA Digimap service, which provides online access to current and historical OS maps and data.  You can register for this online at


A selection of national atlases, thematic atlases and general world atlases.


Gazetteers for the world, Great Britain, and selected countries. A number of map-related texts, including guides to various Ordnance Survey map series, may be consulted in the Map Library. Please ask the Map Librarian for details.

Air photos

Late 20th Century air photo coverage of Portsmouth at various dates.

Photo mosaics of Portsmouth 1945-48 (mostly as JPEG files on disc, but some as prints at 1:1250 scale).

Location and Contacts

University Library First Floor, in the rear corner opposite the Dentistry building.
SZ 63707 99718
50o 47' 36.7"N
01o 05' 51.0"W


David Sherren, Map Librarian
023 9284 3655 (because the Map Library is closed I am currently only contactable by email)




Further Information