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Map resources

Map resources at Lancaster University Library


The BGS has access to a range of Maps, Data, Photos and Scans. Much of the maps are similar to what is available via DigiMaps however has benefits such as higher resolution electronic versions of paper maps, and a wider range of datasets. Access the service at OpenGeoscience

Digitised Paper Maps

The BGS Maps Portal provides high resolution scans of almost all small and medium scale maps produced by the British Geological Survey since mapping started in 1832, 

Complimenting the paper collection in the library is the BGS Geological Survey of England and Wales 1:63,360/1:50,000 geological map series. Held online these feature the current 1:63,360/1:50,000 map series for England and Wales. The site also contains the Geological Survey of Scotland 1:63 360/1:50 000 geological map series

Mobile Apps

The BGS provides a number of Apps for Mobile Devices including iGeology, an interactive geological map of the UK, and MySoil, giving access to comprehensive European soil properties. Access is via the Apps Page at the BGS


British Geological Survey maps available within the BGS Map Portal  are available for reuse under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: "Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]". However some maps contain Ordnance Survey copyright and are delivered under different terms. The terms of use for each map is displayed clearly on every page.