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Map resources

Map resources at Lancaster University Library

Using the map collection

Coverage: the map collection aims at world-wide coverage, although the most detailed provision is of maps of Great Britain. Special attention is given to maps of North-West England. The collection includes topographic maps (both historic and modern), geological, soil, administrative, hydrological, climatological, land use and vegetation maps.

Borrowing: Most maps and atlases are for reference use in the library only.

Finding maps on OneSearch

Print maps are listed in OneSearch under the "Books & More"  tab.  They can be found searcing for them by by mapmaker or map publisher and map title e.g. Speed Lancashire, British Geological Survey Lancaster, Ordnance Survey Lancaster.

Use OneSearch to find print and online resources available in the Library Collections.


Other map library catalogues


Online maps: Ordnance Survey maps and data within Digimap are protected by Crown Copyright.  They may be used by authorised users for educational purposes and limited administrative/external use, including teaching resources, assignments, theses, conference papers, academic and journal articles and location maps or directions for an educational establishment.  The following acknowledgement should be used: © Crown Copyright and Database Right [insert current year]. Ordnance Survey (Digimap Licence)

British Geological Survey maps and data within Digimap are protected by copyright owned by the Natural Environment Research Council.  They may be used for education purposes including teaching resources, assignments, theses, conference papers, academic and journal articles.  The following acknowledgement should be used:  Geological Map Data BGS © NERC [insert current year].

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.

Printed maps: Ordnance Survey maps are protected by copyright for 50 years starting from the end of the year in which the map was published and BGS and other maps for 70 years after publication  You may copy print maps which are still in copyright under fair dealing provisions in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.  These entitle you to make copies of maps for the purposes of private study or research for a non-commercial purpose, criticism, review, illustration for instruction and quotation. 

More information on this aspect of copyright is available on the Library website.  If you make a copy for any of these purposes you must, where possible, provide an acknowledgement, eg  © Crown copyright (insert year) OS  or Reproduced with the permission of the British Geological Survey ©NERC. All rights Reserved.

Where figures, sketches, illustrations, diagrams, map extracts or cross-sections are used as the basis of specifically generated illustrations, the source of the material should be cited, eg Based upon [source details], with the permission of the British Geological Survey.