Useful map related links v.8

Listed below are links to other map-related sites that you may find useful. Please contact the Map Librarian if you find an interesting site that could be included here

National Mapping Organisations

Online Mapping


Large, free, public domain, high resolution world maps to download in JPEG and Adobe Illustrator formats. The maps are equal-area, so continents are shown at their true size relative to each other. Usefully, the political map can be centred on one of three different regions.

World and continental scale reference maps that can be downloaded in JPG or PDF formats. Each country profile has an associated GIF map.

General country profile maps in PDF format.

Great Britain

A useful web mapping service, particularly valuable for the high quality, oblique air photography that is available for selected locations around the world.

This excellent resource provides free access to view high resolution digital facsimiles of almost all small and medium scale maps produced by the British Geological Survey since mapping started in 1832. This is a great place to start exploring the geology of Great Britain and, when you've found a map that covers your area of interest, remember that most are available as paper copies from our Map Library (many on 4-day loan).

National online services for the UK tertiary education and research community, including Digimap and UKBORDERS.

Basic small-scale outline maps of Great Britain with and without administrative boundaries, available in EPS, TIF, PDF, GIF and WMF format.

Multi-Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside. A web-based interactive map that brings together geographic information on key environmental schemes and designations. Also regional and national static maps.

This interesting site presents early maps of Hampshire from 1575 to the mid-nineteenth century. High resolution map images include those by Saxton, Speed, Ogilby and Greenwood.

Free access to 1:10,560 scale mapping from approximately 1850 to 1899 for the whole of the UK.

This site provides access to a range of historical maps of Sussex from 1610-1837. It includes a bibliography of sources used and a comparative list of names used on the featured maps.

PhoneBooth is a project run by the LSE recreates Charles Booth’s socio-economic maps of London as an interactive digital website and smartphone app. The app enables users to plot their locations on Booth’s maps and retrieve his historic observations.

A free viewer that provides a summary description of the soils at specified locations across England and Wales.

A UK web mapping service that is particularly good if you want easy access to OS Landranger or Explorer mapping


A tool for viewing maps and geographic information about Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). You can zoom in to view/print very detailed maps depicting features that include property boundaries, building footprints and house numbers.


The Citizen's MapSite allows the browsing and printing of NLS topographic maps covering all Finnish regions up to a scale of 1:16,000.


Zooming in on this online map of Iceland provides access to high resolution raster images of the 1:100,000 map of Iceland, a series that is descibed on the National Land Survey of Iceland web site as being "among the most beautiful maps available of Iceland".


Statens Kartverk is the principal survey and mapping organisation in Norway and their Norgeslart application provides zoomable maps for the whole of Norway up to a scale of 1:5,000.


Brings together all three editions of the National Atlas on one site. Winner of the category "Digital Products (Maps and Digital images)" at the 24th International Cartography Conference in Santiago, Chile, 2009.


High quality PDF maps of the USA, including 7.5 x 7.5 minute, 1:24,000 quadrangle series.

Gateways to maps and mapping

A superb historical map resource with images from one of the world’s largest private map collections.  More than 150,000 maps, with a particular focus on North and South America.

An easy-to-use gateway to historical maps in libraries around the world that allows the user to search for online digital historical maps across numerous different collections via a geographical search.

 Aerial photographs

Excellent site for access to oblique aerial imagery.

A collection of 2.7 million vertical and oblique aerial photographs held at the National Monuments Record.

Statistics - including census and digital boundary data

Map Societies and Organisations

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